Infrastructure, the Fourth Element of Strategic Mobility.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines the impact of infrastructure on strategic mobility operations. Doctrine does not take a holistic view of strategic mobility. Getting equipment and personnel into a theater of war is only possible if sufficient ports, airfields, roads, and rail networks are available to support the deployment, reception, staging, onward movement, integration RSOI, and sustainment of these forces. The adequacy of this infrastructure is a fundamental part of strategic mobility that was not sufficiently addressed in the 1992 Mobility Requirements Study MRS, nor has it received enough attention when compared to the sea, air, and prepositioning elements of strategic mobility. The monograph makes four recommendations. First, doctrine needs to be updated to recognize the importance of infrastructure to strategic mobility operations. This should include strategic mobility infrastructure as the fourth pillar of strategic mobility. Second, strategic mobility infrastructure, both in the US and in other countries, should be considered when making force structure, capital investment, and basing decisions. Third, strategic mobility infrastructure should be a consideration when conducting research and development on military equipment. Last, DOD should adopt industry infrastructure standards to the greatest extent possible to ensure compatibility with commercial infrastructure.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics