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Contents Chapter 1 A Deepening Commitment and a New Command 3 Beginnings of United States Involvement 5 Toward the Second Indochina War 8 The United States Responds to the New Threat 15 Creating the Command 21 2 A Joint Command: Complications and Conflicts, 1962*1963 35 MACV and the Pacific Chain of Command 36 MACV and the MAAG 42 Formation of MACV Headquarters 44 The Component Commands 53 The Debate over Control of Air Power 56 A Small But Complicated Command 60 3 From Hope to Frustration 71 Developing an Allied Strategy 75 The Campaign Falls Apart 85 MACV and the Coup Against Diem 95 4 Reorganizing and Reviving Pacification 117 United States Policy: Picking up the Pieces 117 Hanoi Prepares for a Larger War 120 A New MACV Commander 122 Headquarters Reorganization and Expansion 125 MACV: Executive Agent for Pacification? 139 Struggling for Stability 144 5 The Beginning of Escalation 157 Widening the War 157 OPLAN 34A 159 Air and Ground Operations in Laos 161 Early Planning for the Air War 164 After Tonkin Gulf: Reinforcing the South 167 Air War in the North: Planning and Command 172 The Marines Land at Da Nang 176 6 Beginnings of the Ground Troop Commitment, January*June l965 187 Plans and Proposals, 1954*1964 187 Collapse of the CHIEN THANG Plan 190 A Limited Response 195 Three Proposals for Sending Troops 200 Edging into the Ground War 206 Questions of Command and the Concept of Operations 212 Where the Question Stood, June 1965 218 7 The Fateful Decisions, June 1965*February 1966 227 South Vietnam in Peril 227 Air Power Holds Back the Enemy 230 Decisions for an American Ground War 232 Implementing Phase I 245 Decisions at Honolulu 256 8 MACV Headquarters: The Years of Expansion, 1965*1967 267 Enlarging the Headquarters 267 Planning and Control of Operations 275 Combined Intelligence 284 The Advisory Mission 288 Reporting, Research, and Analysis 290 How Joint the Command? 295 9 Controlling U.S. Forces 305 Military Assistance Command, Pacific Command, and the JCS 305 Naval Forces, Vietnam 308 U.S. Army, Vietnam: A Question of Roles 312 The Seventh Air Force: A Multiplicity of Masters 318 The Air War in the South: A Single Manager? 321 The Field Forces and the III Marine Amphibious Force 329 10 The Allies and Pacification 341 The Allies 341 The South Vietnamese: Cooperation and Coordination 346 Pacification and Saigon Politics 351 CORDS: A Single Manager at Last 355 11 The Wider Theater 369 Fragmentation of Command 369 The Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Plain of Jars 371 Cambodia 377 MACV and ROLLING THUNDER 380 A Tangled Chain of Command 387 12 An Evolving Strategy 393 Basic Questions 393 The Initial Concept 395 Problems of Implementation 403 More Troops or a New Strategy? 409 13 An Autumn of Uncertainty 437 The Public Relations War 439 The Order of Battle Controversy 444 President Johnson Moves To Level Off the War 459 The Enemy Plans an Offensive 464 14 Conclusion: The Years of Escalation 475 Bibliographical Note Glossary Map Symbols Index Table Charts Maps Illustrations
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- United States.
United States. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam -- History.