Sustaining Tactical Maneuver on the Airland Battlefield: Will the Current Support Concept for Supplying Fuel Provide the Means?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph analyzes tactical sustainment of the heavy division with fuel on the AirLand Battlefield. The challenge of providing mechanized forces with fuel has increased in complexity because of the significant increases in fuel consumption brought about by force modernization. This monograph attempts to determine whether the current combat service support structure and doctrine is adequate to provide a continuous supply of fuel to meet requirements on a fluid, non-linear battlefield. The monograph examines the sustainment of both the Soviet and U.S. divisions during WW II to uncover tactical sustainment techniques employed that led to maneuver success. These historically successful methods are compared with the techniques outlined in current U.S. Army doctrine which is then contrasted with current Soviet concepts. Finally, the combat service support doctrine is examined against current sustainment capabilities. Keywords POLPetroleum Oil Lubricants.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics