National Power: Vietnam and Iraq
Infantry officers discussing on-going combat activities in Vietnam, 1966. (Photo:  



LTC (ret) Brent C. Bankus
Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College

Professor James O. Kievit
Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College

The views expressed in the document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.



This Joint Force Quarterly article contributes to analytical efforts comparing U.S. military involvement in Vietnam with that in Iraq. In particular, the authors seek to provide insights regarding efforts to create effective indigenous armed forces capable of protecting and advancing the national interests of a relatively weak U.S.-supported local government.

Access this 2011 Joint Force Quarterly article here

Access the cited General (then-Major) Petraeus' 1986 Parameters article here
Access the cited 2004 Record and Terrill SSI monograph here

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