Regional Alignment: Phase Zero Logistics Implications
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Regional alignment policy and the ability to operate with a globally responsive but regionally aligned construct will require adaptable sustainment organizations and doctrine for a changing operational environment. Post-Cold War policy and doctrine ignited a transformation of Army forces. Throughout the 1990s several deployments around the world suggested the need to shift away from a Cold War posture to deal with regional threats. To deter and respond to anticipated asymmetrical threats the US Army sought transformation of forces described as Force XXI. Entering the 21st century amidst transformation efforts created challenges during Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF. The success and failure of sustainment operations during the early stages of OIF illustrated the challenge of changing sustainment doctrine and organization structure to support a regionally aligned concept. Department of Defense budget cuts and subsequent reduction in military capabilities challenge the ways which the US Army will support regional alignment policy. To sustain operations in future operational environments, the US Army must retain the ability to establish sustainment priorities during phase zero. A way of approaching this challenge is adapting sustainment organization and doctrine for global responsive sustainment at the regional level.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies