Accession Number : ADA297836

Title :   Operational Logistics for the Next Somalia: Challenges in Sub-Saharan West Africa.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Johnson, Steven K.

PDF Url : ADA297836

Report Date : 16 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : This paper develops a hypothetical United Nations sanctioned international military mission to provide security for the delivery of humanitarian aid into the interior of West Africa. It suggests that the current political, demographic, climatic, and economic conditions in the Sahara region of sub-Sahara West Africa may be working together to create a situation similar to that which existed in Somalia in 1992. Using experiences and lessons derived from the Somalian relief mission operation restore hope. A West African relief mission is postulated and examined primarily but not exclusively, in terms of operational logistics and sustainment principles, requirements, capabilities and limitations. This specific examination could be useful for a future commander as the plans for a similar mission. The paper suggests that armed forces can best contribute to regional political objectives and limitations. This specific examination could be useful for a future commander as the plans for s similar mission. The paper suggests that armed forces can best contribute to regional political objectives by limiting military participation to providing impartial protection for the delivery of humanitarian relief and concludes that unified commanders should anticipate such missions in the future.

Descriptors :   *CRISIS MANAGEMENT, *SUBSAHARAN AFRICA, *MILITARY PLANNING, *LOGISTICS PLANNING, *WEST AFRICA, LESSONS LEARNED, ECONOMICS, INTERNAL, MISSIONS, INTERNATIONAL, SOMALIA, UNITED NATIONS.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE