Accession Number : ADA194884

Title :   Supporting Forward in the Heavy Division: Do Sustainment Efforts Represent an Asset or a Liability to the Generation and Maintenance of Division Combat Power,

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

Personal Author(s) : Roh, Daniel J

PDF Url : ADA194884

Report Date : 25 Jan 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : This monograph evaluates the relationship between combat service support operations and heavy division combat power. It focuses on heavy division operations on a mid- to high-intensity battlefield against a Warsaw Pact threat. First, it addresses the doctrinal implications for CSS operations on this battlefield. It investigates why there is emphasis on forward oriented sustainment efforts. Included here is a review of current logistics doctrine. This explains how the division expects to achieve forward oriented, responsive support through the six key sustainment functions of fuel, arm, man, fix, and transport the force, as well as protect the sustainment system. Next, is a brief overview of the Soviet approach to tactical sustainment. This includes the relationship between Soviet sustainment philosophy and their concept of warfighting. Where instructive, comparisons are drawn between Soviet and U.S. sustainment practices. Finally, the monograph reevaluates U.S. sustainment doctrine in the context of the Wass de Czege Combat Power Model. This model maintains that combat power is the net result of a dynamic tension between two forces acting against each other on the battlefield.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT SUPPORT, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, BATTLEFIELDS, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, FUELS, INTENSITY, LOGISTICS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MODELS, THREATS, USSR, WARSAW PACT COUNTRIES

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE