Accession Number : ADA278028


Title :   Operational Logistics and the Gulf War


Descriptive Note : Paper no. 13


Corporate Author : ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY ARLINGTON VA INST OF LAND WARFARE


Personal Author(s) : Pagonis, William G ; Krause, Michael D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a278028.pdf


Report Date : Oct 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 24


Abstract : In January 1991, one of the most successful wars in America's history commenced. Logisticians overcame in an extraordinary what General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the theater commander, called a 'daunting task.' Logistics did three things: built the theater infrastructure, sustained a victorious military campaign, and closed out the theater of war by bringing personnel and materiel home. The discussion that follows is based on the assumption that the reader is familiar with the Desert Storm campaign. Therefore, details of tactical operations are omitted. At the start of the war, General Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke in simple terms: ' We are going to cut it off and kill it.' Put into a military context, he revealed the operational concept for the upcoming campaign. This paper provides a framework for discussing the role of operational logistics in the ground phase of the Gulf War. It addresses the essential logistical differences between forward-deployed forces and power projection forces; the elements of operational art as the connector between strategy and tactics; and logistics in an operational setting in Southwest Asia. The conclusions suggest considerations of operational logistics which will be important in future deployments. Indirectly, closer integration of logistics into campaign planning, particulary the concepts of operations, maneuver and reserves, is suggested.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *MATERIEL , *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS , *DEPLOYMENT , MILITARY RESERVES , MILITARY TACTICS , SOUTHWEST ASIA , MILITARY TRANSPORTATION , MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS , TACTICAL WARFARE , MILITARY PLANNING , MILITARY SUPPLIES , MILITARY STRATEGY , MILITARY EQUIPMENT , LOGISTICS SUPPORT


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Geography
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE