Accession Number : AD1020060

Title :   Theater Sustainment Reserve for the Rwanda Defence Forces

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,10 Aug 2015,10 Jun 2016

Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Karusisi, Ruki

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Report Date : 10 Jun 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 91

Abstract : This thesis will evaluate the theater sustainment reserve required for the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) to support combat operations. Logistics provide the backbone for Army combat operations. The endurance of Army forces is primarily a function of their sustainment. (Army Doctrine Reference Publication 4-0, iv) Rwanda primarily faces a threat from the Front Democratique pour la Liberation du Rwanda-Interahamwe (FDLR-Interahamwe), a rebel group operating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) whose ideology threatens the existence of a developmental state in Rwanda. Over the last decade, Rwanda has launched operations to dismantle this terror group resulting in interstate conflict between Rwanda and the DRC. To support its combat operations, Rwanda, realistically a double landlocked country, relies on two major corridors for supplies. The Northern corridor from the port of Mombasa-Kenya via Uganda to Rwanda, and the central Corridor from the port of Dar es salaam-Tanzania to Rwanda. The reliability of both corridors has varied over time. Consequently, to achieve freedom of action the RDF should integrate a robust logistical structure to meet future challenges. The reserve requirement will be a key feature of the needed aforementioned structure.

Descriptors :   ARMIES (FOREIGN) , terrorists , COMBAT OPERATIONS , Rwanda , military requirements , logistics , military doctrine , Kenya , Uganda , Tanzania , history , military planning , PORTS (FACILITIES)

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE