During the Vietnam War, the United States embarked on an unusual crusade on behalf of the government of South Vietnam. Known as the pacification program, it sought to help South Vietnam's government take root and survive as an independent, legitimate entity by defeating communist insurgents and promoting economic development and political reforms.
Introduction -- An Insurgency Begins -- Insurgency Unchecked, 1961-1965 -- The War and the "Other War," 1965-1966 -- Not by Force Alone: The U.S. Army in Pacification -- The Search for Solutions -- Unifying American Support of Pacification -- The Early Days of CORDS, May-December 1967 -- Leverage: CORDS's Quest for Better Performance -- The Tet Offensive and Pacification -- What Next? -- Abrams in Command: Military Support of the APC -- The Impact of the APC -- New Directions -- One War or Business as Usual? -- The Phoenix Program: The Best-Laid Plans -- The Ambiguous Achievements of Pacification -- The End of an Experiment