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The Thesis of the paper is to address why counterinsurgency operations had been unsuccessful for the US military during the Vietnam War and had pacification programs been given the necessary attention would it have altered the outcome of the war. This paper is set to identify the US military’s strategical and tactical approach during the Vietnam War and argue that had the military successfully implemented pacification programs the outcome of the war may have differed. Topics to address in the paper: Why the US military had been unable to adapt to fighting an irregular war containing guerrilla warfare styled tactics. What was the US militaries plan to fight the Vietnam War. Identify a few of the pacification programs put into place such as the Combined Action Platoons, Golden Fleece Program and the Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support. Explain their success and failures and address how they could have proved successful in the long run. lastly explain why counterinsurgency operations were unfavored to the large scaled attacks conducted by the US military using heavy firepower.