Can Logistics and Maintenance Take Atoll Adaptive Logistics and Maintenance for Tomorrow's Island-Hopping
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In World War II, Admiral Nimitz and General MacArthur set out to defeat an entrenched enemy throughout several island chains situated thousands of miles away. The United States mobilized and shipped hundreds of thousands of troops and thousands of aircraft to places throughout the Pacific theater. The lack of existing logistical infrastructure like ports, airfields, and storage, increased the difficulty of island-hopping. Additionally, the rapid growth in number of aircraft meant an immediate deficit of aircraft mechanics and parts. The United States changed the training model for maintainers, trained civilians to work in maintenance depots, and created floating supply ships to gain operational advantages. The lessons from this case study offer insight into what a conflict in the Pacific might look like today. This study utilizes those lessons and analysis and applies the lessons into the future.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics