Accession Number : ADA328305


Title :   Gulf War Logistics: Theory Into Practice


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL


Personal Author(s) : Lafferty, Brad D ; Huhn, Richard ; Al-Shaibani, Ghoneim M ; Behne, Todd E ; Curran, Margaret M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a328305.pdf


Report Date : Apr 1995


Pagination or Media Count : 51


Abstract : This Air Command and Staff College Gulf War Logistics research project comprises two parts. First is a computerized toolbook that visually depicts operational-level logistics operations in the Gulf War. Second is a paper that analyzes how logisticians, led by Lieutenant General William G. 'Gus' Pagonis, put logistics theory into practice during the war. The paper asserts that timely departures from traditional Army logistics doctrine were absolutely essential to success in the Gulf War; it is divided into two main sections. The first is an overview of how Army logistics doctrine evolved in the decades prior to the Gulf War, especially as it related to the Vietnam War and the development of AirLand Battle. The second section of the paper focuses on how Gulf War logisticians applied and modified logistics doctrine to fit their unique circumstances. The paper discusses the ramifications of three key aspects of Pagonis's operation: first, his appointment as the single point of contact for logistics; second, his intentionally ad hoc approach to logistics; and, third, his development and use of a new-style logbase that stocked limited classes of supply and was located forward of US forces. The paper concludes that Army logistics doctrine, developed over the previous decades, gave Gulf War logisticians the basis of a sound logistics plan on the eve of the war, but that, in its original form, this doctrine offered little help in dealing with the inevitable 'friction' of war. The realities of the situation, in which tens of thousands of combat troops preceded logisticians into the theater, demanded innovation and flexibility. That is exactly what LTG Pagonis and his logisticians provided.


Descriptors :   *AIR LAND BATTLES , *LOGISTICS PLANNING , *LOGISTICS SUPPORT , AIR TRANSPORTATION , AIRLIFT OPERATIONS , DEPLOYMENT , LAND TRANSPORTATION , MILITARY DOCTRINE , MILITARY TRANSPORTATION , PERSIAN GULF


Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE