Accession Number : ADA583868


Title :   Closing the Door Behind You: How the United States Army Conducts Logistical Withdrawals after Lengthy Operations


Descriptive Note : Monograph


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


Personal Author(s) : Fencl, Bryan J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a583868.pdf


Report Date : 23 May 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 59


Abstract : Through experience gained in the withdrawals from Vietnam and Iraq, the United States Army has developed a system of redeployment that can guide future withdrawals from large-scale, lengthy overseas contingency operations. The elements of this system include establishing property accountability, echeloning of sustainment support, and reconstituting the force. This study compares Army operations during the withdrawal from the Vietnam War and from Iraq at the conclusion of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. It argues that planning for the withdrawal of forces is a critical component of operational planning and must be viewed as the final act of any campaign.


Descriptors :   *ARMY OPERATIONS , *ARMY PLANNING , *IRAQI WAR , *LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT , *POSTWAR OPERATIONS , *RELOCATION , *REMOVAL , *VIETNAM WAR , ACCOUNTABILITY , ARMY EQUIPMENT , MILITARY DOWNSIZING , MILITARY SUPPLIES , OVERSEAS , WEAPON SYSTEMS


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE