The VII Corps Deployment to Saudi Arabia: An Analysis of Deployment Transportation Planning and Management
Master's thesis 3 Aug 1992-4 Jun 1993
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This paper investigates the role of planning management of transportation in deploying large forces by analyzing the VII US Corps deployment in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-1991. The VII Corps deployed without benefit of a contingency plan and initially discounted the importance of transportation planning and management. As the deployment faltered, the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army, Europe and 7th Army USAREUR, directed his staff to assume planning and management responsibility. The study provides the historical context of the deployment, reviews deployment doctrine, compares doctrinal and actual organization in place, and recounts experiences that shaped the USAREURs staffs concepts about moving large forces. It provides examples of how planning and management impacted the speed and time phasing of the forces. It provides evidence that doctrine worked when it was followed and that principles such as unity of effort, coordination, planning, and central management require more command attention during deployment. It outlines lessons to be learned and changes that should be made in technology and organizational equipment. Logistics, Transportation, VII Corps, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Deployment.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics