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Charging Ahead: How the Army Can Learn from the Past to Prepare for Electric Vehicles in the Future

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies

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The US Army is currently entering a time of uncertainty as there appears to be a return to great power competition, and a more realistic requirement to conduct large-scale ground operations. The tyranny of distance and the challenge of entering militarily contested areas could be mitigated by the adoption of electric vehicles, and new supporting electric technologies. This monograph uses the Armys transition from horses to motorized vehicles during the interwar period, and Tesla Motors production of the Model S during the 2000s as case studies to examine the implications of changing the ground movement paradigm. This monograph seeks to identify the challenges and effects of organizational change.


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  • Surface Transportation and Equipment
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]