Company Level Logistics on the Future Battlefield.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This monograph addresses the viability of current logistics units on future battlefields. The pace of modem warfare is changing as is the nature of the battlefield. To support combat operations in light of these changes, logistics units must adapt to the new environment In the past American logistics units have been slow to change and adapt to the demands which were to face them in the future. With the pace of modern war this failure may be fatal in the future. The monograph reviews American logistics history and shows failures to adapt as welt as highlighting one notable success occurring in the 1980s. The remainder of this paper analyzes the changes that are occurring on the battlefield and postulates how these changes will impact on logistics operations in the future. Several organizational changes and new technologies are highlighted that must be integrated into logistics systems of the next generation if they are to provide timely support to modern combat operations. Distributed logistics operations require a restructuring of traditional thoughts on battlefield structure and call for logistics units that can operate in a matrix over the battlefield instead of in traditional lines of support.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics