Accession Number : ADA119692

Title :   Maritime Logistical Support - Can We Sustain Our Armed Forces during War?

Descriptive Note : Study project,


Personal Author(s) : Fraze,Ora Franklin ; Henn,Arthur Eugene

PDF Url : ADA119692

Report Date : 08 Jun 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 83

Abstract : The basic question is whether or not sufficient merchant ship and crews are available to sustain our forces during war. Both the civilian and military leadership of this nation are focusing more attention on this question. Although as a nation, we generally recognize that the numbers of the US merchant ships and seamen are declining, we don't seem to understand the consequences. This study looks at the consequences of the United States having to sustain our armed forces in a credible wartime scenario. Background information, insights and data were gathered from a literature search, visits, and personal interviews with maritime officials. The individual programs of various agencies and organizations intended to provide this nation with an effective merchant marine are laudable. However, it is disconcerting to observe the failure of this nation to set forth a national maritime policy that provides a capstone for all the individual programs. It is concluded that we do not have sufficient numbers of several ship-types to sustain our armed forces in a war. Although sufficient seamen are available today, this will not be the case at the end of this decade.

Descriptors :   *Logistics support, *Merchant vessels, *Containerships, United States, NATO, Attrition, Manpower, Requirements, Activation, Deployment, Availability

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE