Accession Number : ADA611717


Title :   Operation Cartwheel, 1943-1944: Integrated Force Projection to Overcome Limited Access


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Killeen, Christopher J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a611717.pdf


Report Date : 13 Jun 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 86


Abstract : The inherent problems of limited access in an island campaign magnify when examined through the lens of projecting force on one's enemy. General Douglas MacArthur's campaign through New Guinea and the Solomon Islands provides a focused environment to examine the applicability of using airlift as an option to overcome limited access, while enhancing force projection. The capability of planners and crews to deal with the limitations associated with airlift is evident through the lens of five dimensions. The dimensions of staff utilization, tactical and operational effects, indirect effects, airlift capabilities, and combined arms integration support each other to show how airlift employment provides a force projection capability. The applicability for future operations lies in understanding the impact of each dimension and ensuring full implementation of limitations and effects. Only through this understanding of integrated employment can future forces gain true achievement of unified action.


Descriptors :   *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS , *NEW GUINEA , *SECOND WORLD WAR , CREWS , ENEMY , IMPACT , ISLANDS , MILITARY OPERATIONS , TACTICAL WARFARE , THESES , UTILIZATION


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE