Chapter Two describes the experiences of Ira Hunt in his position as USSAG deputy commander, specifically the development of the U.S. military’s understanding of both allied (RVNAF) and communist (NVA/VC) capabilities and their relative manpower; the North Vietnamese infiltration of supplies and equipment; a review of the South Vietnamese Air Force, Navy, and Army armor and artillery capabilities; and the key U.S. funding situation, to include the effects of the worldwide oil-induced inflation on South Vietnam. In addition, it provides a combat analysis of both the South Vietnamese attempts to defend against the communists’ landgrabbing operations and the RVNAF’s undertaking of what it described as “security operations,” as evidenced by the four major types of enemy initiations that continued after the ceasefire: attacks by fire, contacts, harassments, and terrorism. It also looks at the effects of Congress’ decision to reduce military aid funding on the RVNAF’s inability to maintain defense of the country and the resulting fall of South Vietnam.
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