Accession Number : ADA192494

Title :   Deceptive Logistics at the Operational Level of War,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Harman, Larry D

PDF Url : ADA192494

Report Date : 04 May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 56

Abstract : This monograph examines operational level logistics and deception in an effort to determine whether a coherent deception plan can be formulated undergirded by creative logistical arrangements that will allow the commander to deceive an alert adversary. The employment of 'deceptive logistics' is based on the exploitation of supply, maintenance, transport, and other combat service support (CSS) activities with the distinct purpose of contributing to an operational headquarters overall deception plan. Historical examples of deceptive logistics are cited with emphasis on twentieth century uses at the operational level. Then, the dilemmas and opportunities associated with deceptive logistics are addressed in regards to the following factors: degree of centralization and control, sustainment mobility, dispersion and concentration of logistics, time, security, sustainment focus, multi-service and coalition logistics, and the scientific/artistic clash in deceptive logistics. Next, suggestive techniques aimed at deceiving an adversary are provided in the form of vignettes.

Descriptors :   *DECEPTION, *LOGISTICS PLANNING, COMBAT SUPPORT, EMPLOYMENT, WARFARE, ENEMY, HISTORY

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE