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Program for the Pacification and Long-Term Development of South Vietnam


Volume I Table of Contents- - Volume I, PDF, 510 pages
Volume II Table of Contents- - Volume II, PDF, 492 pages
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The PROVN Report  
As the Vietnam outlook worsened, Army Chief of Staff and member Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Harold K. Johnson wanted a new approach to the Vietnam War. In 1965, a Special Group of Army Officers, with particular expertise, were carefully chosen to write it.

Leader: Col. Thomas J. Hanifen, ODCSOPS, Armor
Lt. Col. Charles E Spragins, Infantry
Lt. Col. Donald S Marshall, Civic Affairs
Lt. Col. Harry S. Jackson, Infantry
Lt. Col Harry Emmons, Army Intelligence & Security
Lt. Col. Volney F Warner, Infantry
Lt. Col. Daniel F Schungel, Infantry

Maj. Anne Marie Doering, Intelligence, Women’s Army Corps
Maj. Arthur E. Brown
, Jr. Infantry
Maj. John D Granger, Military Police Corps

After the distribution of the PROVN Report, in 1966, the security classification was upgraded from Secret to Top Secret to reduce circulation and prevent divulgence of its contents. Distribution outside the Department of Defense was not authorized. The Joint Chiefs of Staff's distribution of copies inside the DOD was on a very limited “need-to-know” basis. Army officials were forbidden
to discuss even the existence of the report outside the Pentagon. The PROVN Report was declassified in 1988

PROVN is discussed in :
Executive and Legislative Roles and Relationships,
Part IV, July 1965-January 1968
by William Conrad Gibbons, Washington, D.C. Congressional Research Service.

Former Lt. Col., Dr. Sorley has written several award-winning books and
he has been very nice to me.
I highly recommend all of his books.

To Change a War: General Harold K. Johnson and the PROVN Study

above -An article & below -The book
Honorable Warrior: General Harold K. Johnson and the Ethics of Command
Won the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Book Award

This was given to me by a PROVN study colleague of Anne Marie's.
If you understand what the writers of PROVN went through you will get the joke.

~ Books by Lewis Sorley ~
Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times,1992
A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam
Vietnam Chronicles: The Abrams Tapes, 1968-1972
Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize
Arms Transfers Under Nixon: A Policy Analysis
Honor Bright: History and Origins of the West Point Honor Code and System, 2008