The Sustaining Base - How Significant are the Shortcomings
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines the impacts that shortcomings in the capacity of the United States industrial base, to provide surge production of essential equipment, will have an operational commanders. The increasing size, complexity and technological sophistication of armies and their weapon systems has increased the importance of the sustaining base. Although the industrial capacity and natural resources of the U.S. were significant to the success of the Allies in past conflicts, the complexity of todays weapons and weaknesses in American business make support for the next conflict a matter of concern. The strength of the industrial base has been affected by weaknesses in the economy and by bureaucratic complexities in the system to supply Government materiel. At the strategic level, the U.S. must give attention to the needs of the industrial base. Secondly, the U.S. must continue to develop relations with aligned nations in order to supplement our industrial capability. Finally, national leaders must support operational commanders who must rapidly apply overwhelming force to any conflict in which the country is involved.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics