Accession Number:

ADA415877

Title:

Moving an Expeditionary Force: Three Case Studies in Afghanistan

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

75.0

Abstract:

This monograph explores theory, history, and doctrine in order to determine if past expeditions into Afghanistan offer logistics lessons to 21st Century U.S. Army expeditions. The monograph also proposes how the U.S. Army can best deploy and supply its expeditionary forces in the future. These case studies, the Second Anglo-Afghan War 1878-1880, the Soviet-Afghan War 1979-1989, and Operation Enduring Freedom of the U.S. War on Terrorism 2001-Present, explore events leading to the war, deployment of forces, use and protection of lines of communication LOC, use and supply of logistics bases, and methods of movement and sustainment throughout operations. Case study analysis incorporates criteria from current Army doctrine. Though none of the case study logistical approaches are fully viable for future U.S. Army expeditions, they offer options that the U.S. Army does not currently possess, but could. Recommendations for moving expeditionary forces of the future are twofold first, the U.S. Army can harvest the strengths of past expeditions in Afghanistan for future use and second, the Army can make changes in theory, doctrine, organizations, and materiel in order to improve deployment and movement practices. Deploying the U.S. Army to battle and supplying it there should be the job of the U.S. Army. This monograph concludes that to be successful in this arena, the U.S. Army will have to recognize the significance of logistics, especially transportation, and make it the top priority for military development in the 21st Century.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE