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Diminishing Returns: Creighton Abrams Use of Operational Art to Plan the US Transition Out of Vietnam, 1968-1973

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies

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Commanders and staffs use operational art to accomplish strategic political objectives by arranging and sequencing tactical actions in time, space, and purpose. This case study examines GEN Creighton Abrams cognitive processes and actions to evaluate the extent that he employed operational art to accomplish his mission as Commander, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV from 1968-1973 using a structured focused comparison case study methodology. The proposed hypotheses and research questions establish a framework for studying operational art across a broad spectrum of military campaigns and provide insights for Theater and Field Army commanders developing war plans.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]