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Vietnam DeclassifiedThe CIA and Counterinsurgency$
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Thomas L Ahern

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125619

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125619.001.0001

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(p.255) Chapter 12 Phoenix
Vietnam Declassified

Thomas L. Ahern

University Press of Kentucky

The innovative aspects of the intelligence collection and exploitation staff (ICEX) system, or the Phoenix program, included the action capability that the Quang Nam team and Walter Roberts had built into the District Intelligence and Operations Coordination Center when they assigned it a Provincial Reconnaissance Unit. In Robert Komer's view, the proposed structure would generate the integrated, organized attack on the Viet Cong infrastructure which had not been mounted. In addition to better intelligence coordination and more effective use of information, Komer expected ICEX to address two other perennial problems. One was the disorderly administrative and judicial processing of Viet Cong prisoners, with the attendant difficulty of tracking their disposition. Implementing ICEX meant a substantial change in the command arrangement governing military advisers, and Komer needed General William Westmoreland's approval.

Keywords:   ICEX, Phoenix program, Quang Nam, Walter Roberts, Provincial Reconnaissance Unit, Robert Komer, Viet Cong, William Westmoreland

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