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The US Strategic Logistics Plan In The CBI Theater And Its Contemporary Significance

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Technical Report,05 Jul 2015,26 May 2016

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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During WWII, US military operations in China began to evolve from small financial contributions and volunteer fighter pilots in 1937, to formal lend-lease aid and a military mission in 1941, and into an Allied CBI Theater in 1942. As the third priority to the Allies, the CBI Theater lagged behind Europe and the Pacific, receiving resources, attention, and US ground forces in the lowest priority. Consequently, US policy and military strategy in China shifted towards an economy of force effort to provide lend-lease aid to keep China in the war and establish a potential basing area for an invasion of Japan. Subsequently, the US strategic logistics plan contended with a number of obstacles at the political and operational levels. In the twenty-first century, the United States has participated in conflicts involving states fighting civil wars or revolutions, simultaneously battling external sub-state actors, and negotiating with international state actors intervening in their domestic affairs. Similar to US actions in the CBI Theater, the United States intervenes in these conflicts as part of a coalition providing military advisors, air power, weapons, and equipment. The strategic logistics plan of the CBI Theater, therefore, has contemporary significance such as identifying inherent challenges, available solutions, opportunities, and risks that can inform present-day policy, military strategy, and operational planning.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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