Enabling Operational Reach and Endurance: The Use of Contractors During World War II
Technical Report,05 Jul 2015,26 May 2016
US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States
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The Armys force reduction over recent years causes concern due to the continuation of commitments in a complex global environment. The current Army Operating Concept does not address the use or incorporation of contractors to augment force structure in the event of a militarized response, overlooking historical dependency on contractors to enable operational reach. The Armys use of contractors during World War II provides key insights as to how to rapidly source and integrate contractors into operations during a full mobilization of the nations resources. Contractors served as substitutes for Soldiers or civilian employees, and provided key benefits such as flexibility, expansibility, and long-term cost savings associated with a lack of pension and other benefit obligations. These principles are directly applicable today.