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Operational Art: Logistics of the Pacific Theater during World War II

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

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This monograph sets to explore the relationship between a military commanders ability to use operational art to expand his or her ability to better enable campaign planning and decisive action. In order to understand operational art more fully, this case study uses doctrine to establish language for modern operational art. To expand beyond modern definitions, this monograph explores the history of operational art, theoretical examples and provides some examples through history of military leaders and their application of early operational art. After providing the framework and context to explore operational art, this monograph will use a Structured, Focused Case study methodology to explore operational art in a set framework. Using World War II as a historic reference, then taking it further in the Pacific theater as a lens to analyze the actions at all levels of war, and the impact operational art had on them. Within the actions of the commander and their staff, logistics will be an additional frame incorporated to the case study to provide a focused case study within a warfighting function. This focused methodology, focusing on the impact logistics in the Pacific Theater, during WWII, had on operational art provides a historic case that will provide relevant principles that can inform the commanders of today.

Subject Categories:

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

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[A, Approved For Public Release]