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Determining the Petroleum Supply and Distribution Capabilities of the United States Army: Supporting the Joint Force in Large-Scale Combat Operations

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Technical Report,13 Aug 2018,14 Jun 2019

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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During Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom it was apparent that bulk petroleum distribution and logistics infrastructure were becoming modular and many capabilities were moving to the reserves. Though the non-linear battlefield had a large impact on the reduction of divisional and corps logistics infrastructure, the Army has been using increased contracting to source and distribute fuel for decades, even as fuel consumption rates within Brigades and Divisions were increasing. During this time, though some capabilities were increased, overall many of the capabilities in the Army to supply fuel moved to the reserve. As the potential for Large-Scale Conflict increases and the Military is increasingly operating in joint capacity, the demand for the Army to supply fuel to the force increases. These changes in infrastructure, coupled with the increased potential for demand and an elevated risk for Large-Scale Combat Operations, requires the Army to look at how the past has shaped its ability to fuel the joint force and how it can adequately prepare to provide fuel in potential future conflicts. This examination should be informed by history, past and current doctrine, and the current bulk petroleum requirements of the joint force.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Humanities and History
  • Fuels

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