The United States State Department establishes that American forces deployed in Vietnam to guard American military installations were, in fact, participating in combat operations against the communist fighters. The information confirmed the need for deployment of additional troops in South Vietnam to reinforce those already in operation.
The American Secretary of Defense attests to a joint Congressional Appropriations task force that the increasing American activities in Vietnam were going to increase the 1973 fiscal budget by an additional $5 billion. The increased military operations were as a result of the Easter offensives instigated by the communist fighters to instill a finishing blow that would win the war for North Vietnam. The new budget would double the United States annual military expenditure.