Setting the Theater: US Sustainment Operations in the Pacific during World War II
Technical Report,05 Jul 2015,26 May 2016
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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In order to maintain momentum during any campaign in the Pacific theater, the huge demand and volume for requirements must overcome the vast travel times and distances that necessitate an operational approach to synchronize sustainment in depth through joint sequential operations to secure and develop key nodes while maintaining steady lines of communications. This is done through the joint defense and seizure of key logistical locations followed by mixed ground, sea, and air engineering developments to critical infrastructure facilitating support to combat operations throughout the theater by a carefully timed distribution system. The United States has been involved in the Pacific for over a century, and the need to understand the geography and tyranny of distance is only one characteristic of the theater. Understanding the importance of posturing and setting the theater for deterrence, successful defense, and sustainment is even more crucial. The positioning of US military forces and capabilities around the world reinforces an international order and permits rapid response to emerging threats.