Rethinking Logistics Organization of the Marine Expeditionary Force: A MAGTF Solution
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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In the aftermath of Operation Iraqi Freedom I, the Marine Corps decided to reorganize and re-name the Combat Service Support Element CSSE to address perceived logistics shortcomings in the Marine Expeditionary Force MEF. The Combat Service Support Element of the MEF thus became the Logistics Combat Element LCE, composed of the Marine Logistics Group MLG, formerly the Force Service Support Group FSSG. While the new MLG potentially solves problems of unit training, unit cohesion, and lack of established rapport with supported units, reorganization created alarming gaps in the logistics coverage of the MEF. This monograph begins with a brief history of the LCE and analyzes the reorganization effort to determine its risks and benefits. Ultimately, the monograph argues that a rigid adherence to bureaucratic boundaries prevented the Marine Corps from imposing the optimal solution for the logistics structure of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force MAGTF. With alarming gaps in both the coverage of supported units and the distribution network of the MEF, rather than improving logistics support in the MEF, reorganization created additional risks with which the MEF Commander will contend. This monograph identifies those risks and poses a potential solution.
- Humanities and History
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies