Naval War College Review


Last year at a conference on "The Military Lessons of the Vietnamese War," a discussion took place in which the relevant learning model for American counterinsurgency efforts in Vietnam was debated. 1 One person noted that his commanders at the Pentagon had warned him to be wary in Saigon of the orchestrator of the British success in Malaysia, Sir Robert Thompson, who was serving then in Vietnam as head of the British Advisory Mission. The gentleman was happy to observe to Sir Robert, who also attended the conference, that he had not heeded the warning-and had subsequently benefited from Sir Robert's wise counsel.