Scavenger Logistics in Support of Tactical Operations
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines the scavenger logistics concept of tactical sustainment in an effort to determine whether it can be a viable alternative or supplement to future U.S. Army tactical sustainment operations. By the authors definition, tactical scavenging is the appropriately sanctioned search for and use of resources found within an organizations area of operations to sustain that organization. A force can scavenge from other friendly military forces, enemy military forces, friendly nonmilitary sources, and nonmilitary sources in a hostile or occupied territory. Historical examples of tactical scavenging are cited with emphasis on U.S. Army experiences from World War II to present. Then, current doctrinal publications are assessed in regards to scavenging followed by discussion of the major factors involved in the decision to scavenge mission, enemy, area of operations, time, friendly forces, politics, intensity of war, and leadership. Next, the benefits derived from and the costs associated with scavenging are highlighted with some elaboration. The author concludes that current warfighting doctrine supports the employment of scavenger logistics in actually, scavenging is as important today as ever before.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics