The Implications of Weapon System Replacement Operations at the Operational Level of War.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines the concept of weapon system replacement operations WSRO to determine its validity at the operational level of war. WSRO is a doctrinal method for providing tactical commanders with ready-to-fight replacement weapon systems during war. The purpose of WSRO is to reduce the logistical burden on combat commanders in order for them to concentrate on warfighting. This monograph begins with an introduction to describe the nature of the problem and the research methodology. The next section reviews the development of the WSRO concept and the U.S. Armys current doctrine for weapon system replacement operations. The third.section describes U.S. Army weapon system replacement operations during Operation Desert Storm. The fourth section traces the history of replacement operations. It specifically focuses on personnel and equipment replacement during World War II. The final section of the monograph contains an analysis of WSRO to determine its validity as an operational level logistics function. The final section also includes recommendations for improving WSRO doctrine. The concept of weapon system replacement operations is valid at the operational level of war. The operational level is the only echelon capable of integrating strategic resources to fulfill tactical requirements. The U.S. Army should refine the WSRO concept to accomplish efficient replacement operations during war.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics