Vietnam War Bibliography:

Combined Document Exploitation Center (CDEC)

The Combined Document Exploitation Center (CDEC) was established in 1966 as the main repository of captured enemy documents in Vietnam. Both American and Vietnamese personnel worked there. The National Archives has, in Record Group 472, a large microfilmed collection--41 reels of CDEC Intelligence Bulletins that summarized the content of significant documents, and 913 reels of documents (mostly captured documents, usually accompanied by English translations or summaries, but also some material of other sorts, such as prisoner interrogation reports). For a description of this collection see:

Thousands (perhaps tens of thousands) of the intelligence bulletins, captured documents, and prisoner interrogation reports in the CDEC collection have been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University. Links are given below to a substantial portion of the bulletins that have been placed online, but not even to a fraction of the other documents:

Bulletins summarizing, in English, the content of particularly interesting documents. These were produced by the Document Exploitation Center (1965 to 3 July 1966), later the Combined Document Exploitation Center (4 July 1966 onward), and issued through the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, MACV.


"PAVN/PLAF Codes, Ciphers & Recognition Signals - Circa 1968-1972." A compilation of CDEC documents and bulletins of various dates, containing information on this subject. First part, second part, third part, fourth part, fifth part, sixth part, seventh part.

Combined Combined Military Interrogation Center (CMIC)

The Combined Military Interrogation Center (CMIC), in Saigon, was established in October 1965. Some of its reports are now available online in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University. (I believe these reports were probably included in the huge microfilm collection of documents of the Combined Document Exploitation Center described in the top paragraphs of this page. Examples include:

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