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Assured Air Line of Communications: A Light Corps in a Middle East Setting
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The purpose of the study was to develop, in broad terms, a proposed logistic system capable of supporting a newly deployed force entirely by an ALOC until the SEALOC is established. Included in the study is an examination of the requirements for logistical units and supplies which must be moved by the ALOC to provide combat service support to the deployed force. The study discusses changes in the concept of combat service support, including organizations, control mechanisms, automated management proceduressystems, and supporting communications that would be required to sustain a deployed force by an air line of communication ALOC. The study confines the total support by ALOC to the period of D1 through D25. Following D25 the bulk of support will be provided by the sea line of communication SEALOC. The current support concept envisions a phased build-up of support units and stocks of supplies in the theater of operations TO to support combat units. The build-up of units and supplies requires that facilities be built requiring additional materials. These requirements compete for the limited available airlift. A reduction in the requirements for support units, supplies, and facilities in the TO would significantly reduce the requirements for airlift. The goal then is to eliminate from the TO all combat service support not required for minimum support. It is recognized that there are many definitions of what support is needed versus what support is nice to have. However, by providing only the essential support, the commanders responsibilities for securing and managing the logistical organization are greatly reduced. Specific areas addressed are supply, maintenance, medical and administrative services.
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