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No Sure Victory: Measuring U.S. Army Effectiveness and Progress in the Vietnam War

Gregory A. Daddis


This study analyzes how the United States Army, particularly the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), attempted to measure its progress and effectiveness while conducting counterinsurgency operations during the Vietnam War. In short, in a war without front lines, how did the army know if it was winning or losing? White House advisers, Pentagon officials, MACV staff officers, and army field commanders all faced immense challenges in identifying useful metrics for gauging success in an unconventional environment. Throughout the war, they often came to contradictory conclusions. Political ... More

Keywords: Vietnam War, metrics, counterinsurgency, progress, body count, military effectiveness, MACV

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199746873
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory A. Daddis, author
US Military Academy, West Point