Logistic Aspects Of Vietnamization--1962-72
B-159451: Published: Jan 31, 1972. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 1972.
- Full Report:
GAO reviewed the capacity of the South Vietnamese to operate, manage, maintain, and control the military equipment and supplies furnished to them by the United States.
GAO noted that: (1) if it is to be assumed that the North Vietnamese invasion of 1972 is representative of the pressure that the enemy can bring to bear in the foreseeable future, GAO can analyze the potential logistics capability of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (RVNAF); (2) the U.S. Armed Forces have made impressive progress in a relatively short time in equipping and supplying RVNAF and training it in the use, maintenance, repair, overhaul, and rebuild of complicated equipment; (3) the South Vietnamese in turn have demonstrated a capability for managing their own affairs and for understanding the technical and logistical problems confronting them; (4) it is clear that the South Vietnamese will continue to require some foreign aid; (5) when fully trained in the use of the equipment furnished to it, RVNAF should be able to meet most of its air, ocean, and ground logistics requirements; (6) the Department of Defense now owns no facilities in Vietnam, and construction to improve RVNAF facilities will be completed in the near future; (7) RVNAF is, or soon will be, maintaining and repairing the bulk of its equipment; (8) in November 1972, the time GAO's study was completed, RVNAF was largely equipped and the various components of the logistics system had been designed and installed, or were being installed; (9) to finance imports, South Vietnam would have to increase its exports, and the most promising exports for the future are agricultural products, however, available information suggests that there is little possibility that agricultural exports alone could support RVNAF; and (10) it is, therefore, apparent that a period of reconstruction is required before South Vietnam can become self-sufficient in foodstuffs, much less produce a surplus for export.