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Operation Desert Shield: Problems in Deploying by Rail Need Attention

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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The Army Forces Command has designated 47 Army installations in the continental United States as mobilization stations from which deploying active and reserve units will leave for ports of embarkation. Forces Command is responsible for ensuring that these stations can meet expected mobilization and deployment transportation requirements. Deteriorating rail facilities at mobilization stations have been along-standing problem. In 1986, the Army designated Forces Command as its executive agent for managing rail facility repair and rehabilitation projects at mobilization stations, and planned to spend about 140 million on these projects during fiscal years 1986 through 1992. DODS Military Traffic Management Command is responsible for a determining whether the militarys transportation systems, including its use of commercial rail cars, can meet mobilization needs. Under Army deployment plans, movement of unit equipment from mobilization stations is expected to involve substantial use of commercial rail cars.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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[A, Approved For Public Release]