The Logistics Civil Augmentation Program: Status Report.
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ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Commanders are constantly seeking better methods of utilizing their precious, and usually scarce, resources in time of war. The Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, or LOGCAP, is one of the more recent programs developed to optimize the use of our ever decreasing military forces. LOGCAP is the preplanned employment of civilian contractors, contracted for in peace, to perform support missions in the theater of operations. The military has increasingly turned to contractors for wartime support since the days of Napolean. In the decade following the Vietnam War, the Soviet military build-up forced the United States to turn to civilian firms to offset the projected shortfall in forces available to counter the threat. Originally designed to be a decentralized program, planned and contracted for at the MACOM level to support the corresponding regional CINCs, LOGCAP met with little support and was not a factor in the Gulf War. The program was revised and in 1992 a single, worldwide contract was let to provide theater support base services to all interested MACOMs. This new version of LOGCAP was put into action for the first time for Operation RESTORE HOPE in Somalia. This study examines the evolution of LOGCAP and its utility in Somalia. It focuses on the issues that arose both before and during the relief effort in Somalia. The purpose of the study is to educate the reader and stimulate further discussion and thought on the concept of LOGCAP and its applicability to future operations.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies