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US Army Logistics in Large-Scale Combat Operations Distribution of CL III Bulk

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2018,31 May 2019

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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The US Armys strategic focus is moving from counter insurgency COIN to large-scale combat operations LSCO. Over the past twenty years, US Army logistics has supported combat operations from inherently static forward operating bases FOBs. These FOBs, in conjunction with contracted bulk fuel delivery, enabled logistical planners to extend the operational reach of maneuver elements. With the shift to LSCO, fuel moving forward of the corps support area may require the US Army to transport bulk fuel in lieu of contractor delivery. This shift would demand more from US Army transportation assets to maintain momentum in offensive operations. This study addresses three research questions 1. Why is the US Army structured with the preponderance of POL units in the United States Army Reserve 2. What is the expected battlefield geometry of a corps support area in LSCO 3. Can the US Army logistically support distribution of CL III B supporting one corps and three divisions in LSCO, within ninety days of mobilizing

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

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