Stability and Support Operations in Vietnam

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Introduction Stability and Support Operations (SASO) covers a wide variety of missions performed by the United States military. According to DoD Instruction 3000.05, “Stability operations are a core U.S. military mission that the Department of Defense shall be prepared to conduct with proficiency equivalent to combat operations”.1 The military has evolved from an “either-or” point-of-view, to an all inclusive method of conducting operations.2 Prior to the Vietnam War, “There was no organization in the United States government trained and equipped to perform this mission, and little incentive for existing institutions to adapt to meet the need for such an organization even if that need had been widely recognized.”3 This evolution has…show more content…
Information Agency.22 Komer knew the importance of coordinating the U.S. efforts for pacification in Vietnam.23 Bringing together all of these personnel, from all these agencies, was a significant advantage for the success of CORDS and Komer.

CORDS had “unified civil-military advisory teams in all 250 districts and forty-four provinces.”24 The newly implemented program had the full support of the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam and the Government of Vietnam (GVN).25 Initially, CORDS had 4,000 military and 800 civilian personnel.26 Most of the CORDS personnel “…were advisors to GVN organizations and had counterparts in positions of authority within the organizations they advised.”27 This enabled communication between the U.S. and Vietnamese sides of the program to be more efficient than in the past. The advisors offered advice, monitored performance, and provided funding and supplies.28
Komer had organized CORDS in a way that enabled the program to run with military efficiency, with military support, but had the civilian leeway to accomplish the mission. He had the ability to draw supplies, troops, and transportation assets from MACV.29 This allowed him to get CORDS integrated throughout the
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