Linking Logistics and Operations: A Case Study of World War II Air Power
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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During recent years, through its Logistics Concept of Operations LOGCONOPS, the Air Force has recognized this need, and that the uncertainty of wartime operations generates unpredictable support demands. This condition calls for linking operations and logistics support by management and command. This Note distills from a survey of World War II literature two kinds of information that makes a compelling case for LOGCONOPS and provides insight on how to implement it. The first describes the linkage between operations and logistics that tacticians and logisticians faced and how it was permeated by uncertainty. The second describes how management initiatives met the resulting problems. Three World War II uses of American and British airpower are recounted the tactical air support in the European ground war the tactical air support in the Pacific amphibious war and the strategic air offensives against Germany and Japan. Aspects of enemy strategy and air force behavior that motivated friendly initiatives are also described.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics