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A Campaign of Logistics: An Analysis of Basing, Culmination, and Operational Reach at the Pusan Perimeter

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Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019

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US Army School of Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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This monograph analyzes the role of the United States, Republic of Korea ROK, and Democratic Republic of Korea DPRK during the Pusan Perimeter campaign through the elements of operational art, specifically basing, culmination, and operational reach. Despite the disastrous initial efforts of the United States and ROK armies ROKA, both forces learned from their mistakes and effectively used basing at the port of Pusan to maintain operational reach and prevent culmination while denying the Korean Peoples Armys KPA ability to do the same. Lieutenant General LTG Walton Walkers system of interior lines, enabled by increased logistics support at the port of Pusan, coupled with the Far East Commands FECOM annihilation of the KPAs intermediate and rear basing zones rendered the DPRKs lines of communications LOCs untenable and unable to support frontline KPA forces, ensuring the KPAs defeat at the Pusan Perimeter. The existential threat and long-term strategic consequences facing the ROK and United States at the Pusan Perimeter has broad operational and strategic implications towards large-scale combat operations LSCO and in preserving the principles outlined in the post-WWII international order.

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

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