Power Projection Logistics: What Theater Support Unit?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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From the Korean War to the most recent deployment to Haiti, each time the U.S. Army has begun an operation, the operational logistics organization has been pieced together adhoc. In the force projection, U.S Army, division support commands DISCOM or corps support commands COSCOM, even their subordinate elements, are likely deploy to provide traditional army component ARFOR theater of operations logistics support. Corps and the division have neither the force structure nor the training to accomplish this mission. This monograph will focus on identifying whether emerging doctrine addresses functional and organizational requirements for operational-level logistics support of future force projection operations. The initial chapter of this monograph is a review of doctrine including, FM 100-3, Operations. FM 100-7, Decisive Force The Army in Theater Operations Final Approved Draft, Field Manual 100-10, combat Service Support FM 100-16, Army Operational Support Final Approved Draft, and Joint Publication 4-0, Doctrine for Logistics Support of Joint Operations. The chapter examines how each manual approaches the requirements of operational logistics and identifies some discontinuities in the body of doctrine. Next the study examines historical experiences of operational logistics to identify logistical threads of continuity, and significant differences, especially with respect to any departures from the procedures of current doctrine to illuminate doctrinal army service component command ASCC support functions and to identify additional functions necessary to augment the doctrinal set. The third portion of the monograph looks at possible organizational problems suggested by the historical examples and the doctrinal concept of modular units.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies