Accession Number:

ADA209179

Title:

The U.S. Transportation Command - How Big a Difference Will It Make?

Descriptive Note:

Study project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-03-31

Pagination or Media Count:

60.0

Abstract:

Since the Joint Chiefs of Staff JCS Command Post Exercise CPX NIFTY NUGGET 78, conducted in the Fall of 1978, the Department of Defense DOD has been trying to fix the significant transportation shortcomings that were identified in this worldwide mobilization and deployment exercise. Our inability to mobilize, deploy, and sustain forces came under great criticism. The JCS, DOD, and even the Congress have been involved in coming up with the right fix, and there have been many efforts to identify the best approach. While the headquarters was activated on 1 October 1987, the United States Transportation Command USTRANSCOM formally became our newest unified command on 1 October 1988. This study is based on my personal experiences as a member of a JCS special Task Force 1984 studying the problem, briefing papers, interviews at USTRANSCOM, many other working papers, as well as published documents. My purpose is to provide insight into the many efforts to reorganize the DOD transportation operating agencies TOAs and the logic for the recommendations. Next I will review the USTRANSCOM mission, organization and concept of operations. A quick review of the strategic mobility related portions of Defense automated planning and execution systems will provide the reader with insight into the command, control, communications, and computer C4S dilemma that exists today. Finally, in answering the title question, I will review the problems with the proposed solutions and determine where we are now and where we still need to go.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE