ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
This monograph explores the capability of army tactical headquarters to fight and sustain combat brigades and task forces simultaneously. Its focus is on the tactical transportation shortfall which exists in the army today, the impact of this shortfall on Airland Battle doctrine, and some recommended solutions. Historical examples from twentieth century war are used to demonstrate the importance of transportation in providing flexibility at the tactical level. The paper questions whether current tactical headquarters possess the same degree of flexibility from motor transportation which units in World Wars I and II experienced. The paper argues that interdiction, competition, and friction will magnify current shortfalls in future wars to a level where host nation support and scavenging will be unable to resolve them. The military truck is offered as a solution to the problem of providing certainty and flexibility at the tactical level. Keywords Combat support Logistics support.