46. Editorial Note

The Government of Vietnam on February 3, 1962, issued Decree 11-TTP proclaiming that the Strategic Hamlets program was now national policy and establishing an “Interministerial Committee for Strategic Hamlets,” consisting of the Secretaries of Interior, Civic Action, and Rural Affairs, the Assistant Secretary of State for Defense, and the Chief of Staff of Vietnamese Armed Forces. The decree also established regional and provincial committees responsible for executing the program. An English translation was transmitted in despatch 355 from Saigon, February 27. (Department of State, Central Files, 751K.00/2-2762)