21ST Century Combat and the Operational Logistics Link
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines the ability of the COSCOM to execute operational logistics tasks in a single corps contingency as outlined in FM 100-7 Decisive Force The Army in Theater of Operations. The monograph concludes that the COSCOM cannot execute the operational logistics tasks required to support an operational commander. The monograph also explores the value-added prospects of new information-based technologies, which are central underpinnings to the conceptual framework of future Army logistics. Then using two but very different military operations, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Hope, the monograph provides insight into the fundamental organizational problems within the COSCOM. This is followed up with an examination of the organizations future requirements and why it must change to reflect the nature and character of future conflict in the 21st century. The author contends future operations will not support the formation of ad hoc configured logistic units, and that the only way to surmount the operational logistics challenges of the future is to create a balanced force with a robust COSCOM capable of executing both tactical and operational logistics operations. Old Cold War paradigms used to shape the development of past logistics organizations will not support 21st century combat operations.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics