Logistics Distribution in a Theater of Operations
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph studies the relationship of distribution in current operational logistics doctrine and answers the question Does the U.S. Army have an effective concept for logistics distribution in a theater of operations The study focuses specifically on forces deployed in an undeveloped theater. Analysis of this worst case scenario identifies the criteria for an effective distribution system. It also focuses on a military contingency that is gaining increased emphasis by defense planners. The monograph first examines logistics distribution in military and business theory. It then uses history to validate or refine the theory. Operation DESERT SHIELDDESERT STORM is examined for its contemporary value. Finally, the study reviews current doctrine for appropriateness in light of theory and history. The conclusion I reach is that current operational doctrine does not include a concept of logistics distribution, but it should. Distribution is a major function of the logistics equation proposed by this study Logistics Supply Distribution Maintenance. In that context, distribution should be the keystone of logistics planning in a theater of operations. Finally, doctrine, as a guideline for planners, should lead in its explanation of the distribution process.
- Government and Political Science
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics