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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.308) (p.309) Chapter 14 Disengagement
Vietnam Declassified

Thomas L. Ahern

University Press of Kentucky

In preparation since late 1967, the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) disengagement had begun when the Department of Defense assumed funding responsibility for the Revolutionary Development Cadre (RDC) program on April 1, 1968. At Robert Komer's insistence, the responsibility for operational management remained with the agency for the time being, with the station running the program on behalf of Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS). As early as February, only a month after the Tet offensive, the chief of Vietnam operations at headquarters, Douglas Blaufarb, was anticipating instructions to reduce the hiring of contract employees for pacification. However, Komer still resisted any suggestion of a diminished CIA role in pacification, and military personnel detailed to the station continued for the moment to supplement rather than replace agency officers. Ironically, just as the CIA abandoned its insistence on the political essence of pacification, President Nguyen Van Thieu seemed, however hesitantly, to be moving toward accepting it.

Keywords:   CIA, disengagement, Department of Defense, RDC, Robert Komer, CORDS, Tet offensive, Douglas Blaufarb, pacification, Nguyen Van Thieu

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