Accession Number : ADA614182


Title :   Logistics and Strategy


Descriptive Note : Monograph


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


Personal Author(s) : Hall, Jereon W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a614182.pdf


Report Date : 04 Dec 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 57


Abstract : Logistics is the lifeblood of strategy. Without effective logistical planning, military efforts perish after the first wave of actions. World War II is no exception. Support units provided adequate supplies, services, and modes of transportation to maneuver units to extend operational reach and provide greater freedom of action. Superior logistical capabilities led to victory for the United States. However, this was not always the case. US forces did not start with an advantage in logistics and this had severe repercussions. The study of the Guadalcanal Campaign and Operation Cartwheel in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II illustrates the criticality of logistics in determining the strategy military organizations adopt to accomplish their mission. Limited materiel, production capacity, services to construct transportation assets, fuel, and delivery schedules played a major factor in when and where Allied forces conducted operations. By studying how logistics dictated strategy in the Pacific Theater, contemporary planners will draw lessons on identifying and overcoming shortfalls in training and organization in complex, resource-restricted environments


Descriptors :   *LOGISTICS , *MILITARY HISTORY , *MILITARY PLANNING , *MILITARY STRATEGY , CASE STUDIES , FIRST WORLD WAR , PACIFIC OCEAN , SECOND WORLD WAR , THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE