THE MARQUEZ WAY: ON STRATEGY, LOGISTICS AND WARFARE
SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES MAXWELL AFB United States
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This dissertation examines the life, career, and meaning of Lt Gen Leo Marquez. It begins with his childhood on a New Mexico farm. This follows his story through college and his career in the US Air Force. Marquez began his career as a fighter pilot until forced out of the cockpit by a medical problem, at which point he became an aircraft maintenance officer. It focuses on his career as a maintenance officer and logistician and the lessons he learned about airpower and military strategy as he rose in the ranks. Marquezs unique experience as a fighter pilot and logistician developed his thinking between the business of operations and logistics. Marquez believed that warfighting was inseparable from the resourcing activities necessary to fight wars. As warfighting and resourcing of war are two sides of the same coin, Marquezs theory directly challenges the modern American bifurcation of logistics from warfighting enshrined in the seminal Goldwater-Nichols Defense Reformation Act. Those reforms artificially divided key elements of military strategy that Marquez believed to be intimately linked, making the development of U.S. defense strategy structurally unsound. The implications of Marquezs theory suggest a reconsideration of the American way of war with respect to how the Nation organizes the military Service departments, Unified Commands, and how military requirements are developed and prioritized. The relevance of Marquezs theory becomes even more important as defense spending becomes more constrained in contemporary and future budgets. Marquezs experiences and insights suggest that the artificial division of warfighting naturally create wasteful spending amongst the Service components as they pursue narrow parochial approaches that are disconnected from realistic national security threats and realities. The analysis closes with course of action analysis based on the fundamentals of Marquezs thinking.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics