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T Approved For Rele 003/T-0 PI AS ED T5A00 80001-8 25X1 7 January 1964 Copy NcE C 5* - TELLIGE CE 0, State Dept. review completed GROUP 1 Excluded from automatic downgrading and declassification Approved For Release 200'Op C1~ E'T 5A007400380001-8 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/03/10 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO07400380001-8 Approved For Release 2003/03/10 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO07400380001-8 Approved For Rel so I n T n `3n'o o 2003/03/10 C RDP79 00975 0001 7 January 1964 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN CONTENTS 1. South Vietnam: Junta reorganizes top mili- tary command. (Page 1) 25X1 3. Notes: 0 25X1 p Approved For Release 2003/03/10 CIA-RDP79T00975A00 400480001-8 Peru. (Page 3) Approved For Relea 003/03/10 :CIA-RDP79T00975A0 380001-8 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN 7 January 1964 DAILY BRIEF South Vietnam: A major reorganization of the top military command offers promise of improving the government's military effectiveness against the Viet Cong. 0 In a set of decrees issued, on 6 January by junta leader General Minh, General Tran Van Don was named commander in chief of the armed. forces. Don remains defense minister. The third member of the junta's inner leadership, General Le Van Kim, becomes chief of the Joint General Staff under General Don. Minh remains supreme armed forces commander. Most of the top echelon are French-trained. Additional shifts appear designed to neutralize generals suspected by the junta of harboring political ambitions. One of these, General Dinh, the security minister, has been relieved of his command of the strategic Third Corps which encircles Saigon. The reorganization will make the Joint General Staff, frequently bypassed under the Diem regime, the operational high command of the armed forces. This should result in a clear chain of command, the lack of which has proved costly in the past. For in- stance, the US Embassy reports that the refusal of a Third. Corps division commander to send immediate reinforcements to a Ranger battalion pinned down by two Viet Cong battalions turned a potential victory into defeat on 31 December. The embassy states this amounted almost to "criminal negligence" in failing to take advantage of superior government firepower. Approved For Release 71 80001-8 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/03/10 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO07400380001-8 Next 1 Page(s) In Document Exempt Approved For Release 2003/03/10 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO07400380001-8 Approved For Relea 003/03/10 : CIA-RDP79T00975 074380001-8 j NOTES *Peru: Recent arrests of pro-Cuban Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR) members probably have thwarted the organization's plans to begin guer- rilla operations. The MIR, 25X1 25X1 planned, o start ese long-postponed operations alter its first national congress on 10 January, Peruvian police raids on 4 and 5 January netted some 20 MIR members, dyna- mite, and a large amount of pro-Castro propaganda. 25X1 7 Jan 64 DAILY BRIEF Approved For Release 12003/03/10: CIA-RDP79TOO975Aq 074&6001-8 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/03/10 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO07400380001-8 Approved For Release 2003/03/10 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO07400380001-8 i--i--iii,~iiii Approved For RelOP3/SE(C. P T00975AO07400380001-8 For P79T00975A007400380001-8