Vietnam War: Statistical Analysis and Evaluation Projects, 1968-1972

Collection Number: 4406

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Vietnam War: statistical analysis and evaluation projects, 1968-1972
Collection Number:
4406
Creator:
William G. Prince
Quantity:
.7 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Manuals, reports, questionnaires, correspondence, and other documents.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Documentation for various automated systems designed to provide data about the war in Vietnam.
Language:
Collection material in English


COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Documentation for various automated systems designed to provide data about the war in Vietnam. Systems include Project Corona Harvest to evaluate the effectiveness of airpower in Southeast Asia; Hamlet Evaluation System (HES), a reporting system designed to gather data on the progress of the rural pacification effort; SEAPRS (Southeast Asia Province file), designed to facilitate analysis of friendly and enemy military and pacification activity at the province level; PAAS (Pacification Attitude Analysis System), an automated system to provide a means of processing and reporting the results of surveys to determine the attitudes of the Vietnamese people toward pacification, the war, and political, social, and economic development; SEER (System for Evaluating the Effectiveness of RVNAF), designed to provide quantified evaluations of Vietnamese armed forces unit combat effectiveness in performance of assigned missions; AIRSUM (Air Summary Data Base), an historical record of all offensive air activity in Southeast Asia from 1965 to 1972; and Project Corona Harvest, an Air Force project designed to evaluate the effectiveness of air power in Southeast Asia from 1954.
Documentation was compiled by Prince as part of an Analysis of Vietnamization project, conducted by the Dept. of Applied Science and Technology, Bendix Aerospace Systems Division, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and completed in 1973.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Prince, William G.

Subjects:
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975.
Combat--Statistics--Information sources.
Internal security--Vietnam.
Insurgency--Vietnam.
Military art and science--Data processing.
Military art and science--Automation.
Military assistance, American--Southeast Asia--Computer programs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Vietnam War: Statistical Analysis and Evaluation Projects, #4406. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIAL

Additional pamphlets and reports by William G. Prince are housed in the Echols Collection, Kroch Library, Cornell University.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Project Corona Harvest Box 1
Series II. HES 70 Box 1
Series III. SEAPRS Box 1
Series IV. PAAS Box 1
Series V. SEER Box 1
Series VI. AIRSUM Boxes 1 and 2

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Series I. Project Corona Harvest
System to evaluate the effectiveness of airpower in Southeast Asia, encompassing all airpower employed from 1954 to the end of the conflict (Air Force project).
Box 1 Folder 1
Operating instructions, 1968
Series II. HES 70
Hamlet Evaluation System--reporting system designed to gather data on the progress of the rural pacification effort.
Data gathering instrument--formatted, multiple choice questionnaire:
  1. Respondent--U.S. advisors in the field
  2. Sample size--Every inhabited hamlet and village in south Vietnam
  3. Frequency of reporting--Every hamlet and village reported each month
Box 1 Folder 2
Comparison of HES 70 and PAAS
Box 1 Folder 3
Memo, 1970
Box 1 Folder 4
Appendix A--Question codes, question responses
Box 1 Folder 5
Hamlet level HES statistics and plots by NMCSSC for village program analysis (1)
Box 1 Folder 6
VSSG IDX (2)
Box 1 Folder 7
Security (3)
Box 1 Folder 8
Econ. str. (4)
Box 1 Folder 9
Econ. stm. (5)
Box 1 Folder 10
[unlabeled] (6)
Box 1 Folder 11
Soc. ben. (7)
Box 1 Folder 12
GVN pol. inf. (8)
Box 1 Folder 13
VC pol. inf.
Box 1 Folder 14
Prog. effort
Box 1 Folder 15
Misc. ques.
Series III. SEAPRS
Southeast Asia Province file--designed to facilitate analysis of friendly and enemy military and pacification activity at the province level. Summarized data is organized by month for Province Corps, Viet Cong Military Regions, Division Tactical Areas, Special Tactical Zones, and Countrywide. Some fields use data from or indicators developed by HES.
Box 1 Folder 16
Southeast Asia Province (also includes Hamlet Evaluations System Handbook), 1969
Series IV. PAAS
Pacification Attitude Analysis System. Automated system to provide the Military Assistance Command Civil Operations and Rural Development Support, Pacification Study Group a means of processing and reporting the results of surveys to determine the attitudes of the Vietnamese people toward pacification, the War, and political, social, and economic development.
Data gathering instrument--semi-structured informal interview:
  1. Respondent--Hamlet residents chosen by quota sampling techniques
  2. Sample size--Selected sample of hamlets in each district, sample varying in size of province
  3. Frequency of reporting--Data is reported monthly, each month's data representing sampling of a different group of districts
Box 1 Folder 17
Functional Description for Pacification Attitude Analysis System (PAAS), Jan. 25, 1970
Box 1 Folder 18
Command Manual for Pacification Attitude Analysis System (PAAS), May 15, 1970
Box 1 Folder 19
PAAS, May 1, 1970
Box 1 Folder 20-21
Questionnaires
Series V. SEER
System for Evaluating the Effectiveness of RVNAF Subsystems:
  1. AMFES (Army and Marine Forces Evaluation System)
  2. NFES (Naval Forces Evaluation System)
  3. AFES (Air Force Evaluation System)
  4. TFES (Territorial Forces Evaluation System)
Objectives:
  1. To provide quantified objective evaluations of RVNAF unit combat effectiveness in performance of assigned missions
  2. To identify weaknesses and problem areas which reduce RVNAF combat and pacification effectiveness
Includes correspondence between Thomas C. Thayer (Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Systems Analysis) and Richard Cady (Bendix Aerospace Systems Division)
Box 1 Folder 22
System for Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Vietnam (SEER) User's Manual, pp. 1-6, 1970
Box 1 Folder 23
SEER (2), Part I, Army and Marine Forces Evaluation File, pp. 7-32, 1968-1969 Quarterly Evaluation Data
Box 1 Folder 24
Part II, Army and Marine Forces Evaluation File, 1968 Monthly Statistical Component, pp. 33-156
Box 1 Folder 25
User's Manual, pp. 157-213
Box 1 Folder 26
MACV, DIR 335-13, SEER Reports and Statistics, 1969
Box 1 Folder 27
SEER User's Manual, complete (duplicate?)
Box 1 Folder 28
Territorial Forces Evaluation System (TFES) Handbook, Nov. 1969
Box 1 Folder 29
Thomas Thayer to Richard Cady--correspondence, re: SEA Programs, 1969
Series VI. AIRSUM
Air Summary Date Base (or File). Represented an historical record of all offensive air activity in Southeast Asia from 1965 to 1972. Contains information from a number of different yet overlapping reporting systems. Data was obtained from the historical Combat Air Activities File (CACTA) and its successor since 1971, the Southeast Asia Data Base File (SEADAB).
Box 1 Folder 30
AIRSUM File Documentation, 1972
Box 1 Folder 31
A.I.D. (?), IndoChina Postwar Reconstruction, 1973
Box 2 Folder 1
Friendly and Enemy Activity Resource Profiles (by province), possibly SEAPRS (?)