Circle the Wagons: The History of US Army Convoy Security
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS COMBAT STUDIES INST
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Circle the Wagons The History of US Army Convoy Security is the 13th study in the Combat Studies Institute CSI Global War on Terrorism GWOT Occasional Papers series. Transportation Corps Historian Richard Killblanes manuscript on convoy security is another case study modern military professionals can use to prepare themselves and their soldiers for operations in the current conflict. This work examines the problems associated with convoy operations in hostile territory and the means by which units can ensure they are ready to deal with an enemy ambush or assault. Killblane provides a brief overview of the U.S. Armys experience in convoy operations and convoy protection from the period of the War with Mexico up to and including the current conflict. He then presents an indepth look at the development of hardened convoy tactics, techniques, and procedures TTPs, focusing on the 8th Transportation Groups experiences in Vietnam. That group had the dubious honor of conducting its missions along Highway 19, arguably the most dangerous stretch of road during the Vietnam War. Killblane describes the groups initial experiences and how, over time, various commanders and soldiers developed methods and means of defeating the enemys evolving tactics. The hardened-convoy concept is one that, frankly, receives little attention by Army leaders in peacetime -- the lessons from which each new generation of soldiers seems painfully destined to relearn. Logisticians, contractors, and those military leaders responsible for such operations in the current struggle against terrorism will gain useful knowledge for developing hardened-convoy TTPs from this occasional paper. More important, CSI desires that this study be read by future generations of leaders, before they have to conduct such operations, so that their mission and the soldiers entrusted to them will prosper from the lessons of the past.
- Surface Transportation and Equipment
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies