Accession Number:

ADC016034

Title:

Defense Attache Saigon: RVNAF Quarterly Assessment, 1st Quarter FY 74

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,01 Jul 1973,30 Sep 1973

Corporate Author:

DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON United States

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Report Date:

1973-10-31

Pagination or Media Count:

315.0

Abstract:

This is the second DAO quarterly assessment of RVNAF and is a result of the combined efforts of RVNAF, DAO-Saigon. US observers state that while the RVNAF is improving, so is the enemy, especially in the areas of construction of roads, pipelines revamping of airfields input of weapons and stockpiles are better equipped and positioned than before. Manpower for a major country-wide offensive in centralsouthern Vietnam is the only element the enemy lacks. This assessment reports that presently the RVNAF is capable of a stubborn defense of the territory they control against a limited enemy offensive, but it is doubtful that RVNAF could defend successfully against a major offensive without US airpower. A struggle is developing for control of the rice crop. The high price of rice, caused by increasing inflation, has had a serious impact on RVNAF morale. This has led to theft and pilferage by RVNAF troops from the GVN population resulting in anti-government attitude in some geographical areas. Lack of adequately qualified middle level leaders and managers continues to be a problem. It is concluded that the rate of RVNAF improvement appears to be impeded by inflation, corruption and poor management, and that for the moment RVNAF game-plan seems to be to continue to maintain the status quo brought about by the Ceasefire.

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE