Accession Number:

ADA276100

Title:

The Army's Combat Service Support Warfighting Role

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMBINED ARMS SUPPORT COMMAND AND FORT LEE (PROVISIONAL) VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

56.0

Abstract:

Military actions take many forms, from JUST CAUSE force projection operations in Panama to complete Theater deployments as conducted during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Regardless of the size of the military operation, the combat soldier and his weapon requires support. Combat Service Support units must be able to provide the necessary CSS sustainment in various types of battlefield environments. The Army is becoming more and more automated in its pursuit of quicker and more efficient logistical systems. One of the major challenges currently facing the Army is that of integrating new functional systems, their host computers, and battlefield communications into a cohesive automationcommunication architecture that meets the needs of force commanders. The Persian Gulf War confirmed the fact that the power of logistics is at the strategic level while the punch of logistics is at the tactical level. The major benefit of the automation modernization effort is its value both as a Combat Multiplier and as a management tool. The Army is undergoing a massive redefinition and restructing of the entire CSS automation architecture. We are moving to distributed, near-real time processing. CSS Automation modernization is utilizing COTS Commercial Off the Shelf computers and evolving to open system POSIX software that will further enhance our sustainment abilities. One important aspect of the CSS automation architecture is that nothing larger than a microcomputer will be used in a division or separate brigade. Every battalion will have CSS microcomputer software systems to support logistics functions from the motor pool to the battalion aid station. At Corps and above, mini computers will be used by the various management centers and selected commands.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Computer Hardware
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE