Accession Number : ADA415877


Title :   Moving an Expeditionary Force: Three Case Studies in Afghanistan


Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Granger, Martha G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a415877.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2003


Pagination or Media Count : 75


Abstract : This monograph explores theory, history, and doctrine in order to determine if past expeditions into Afghanistan offer logistics lessons to 21st Century U.S. Army expeditions. The monograph also proposes how the U.S. Army can best deploy and supply its expeditionary forces in the future. These case studies, the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-1880), the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989), and Operation Enduring Freedom of the U.S. War on Terrorism (2001-Present), explore events leading to the war, deployment of forces, use and protection of lines of communication (LOC), use and supply of logistics bases, and methods of movement and sustainment throughout operations. Case study analysis incorporates criteria from current Army doctrine. Though none of the case study logistical approaches are fully viable for future U.S. Army expeditions, they offer options that the U.S. Army does not currently possess, but could. Recommendations for moving expeditionary forces of the future are twofold: first, the U.S. Army can harvest the strengths of past expeditions in Afghanistan for future use; and second, the Army can make changes in theory, doctrine, organizations, and materiel in order to improve deployment and movement practices. Deploying the U.S. Army to battle and supplying it there should be the job of the U.S. Army. This monograph concludes that to be successful in this arena, the U.S. Army will have to recognize the significance of logistics, especially transportation, and make it the top priority for military development in the 21st Century.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS , *LOGISTICS , *AFGHANISTAN , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , USSR , MILITARY HISTORY , TRANSPORTATION , WARFARE , DEPLOYMENT , MILITARY DOCTRINE , SUPPLY DEPOTS , CASE STUDIES , ARMY , BATTLES , TERRORISM


Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE