Accession Number : ADA301000

Title :   The Implications of Weapon System Replacement Operations at the Operational Level of War.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Reider, Bruce J.

PDF Url : ADA301000

Report Date : 19 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : This monograph examines the concept of weapon system replacement operations (WSRO) to determine its validity at the operational level of war. WSRO is a doctrinal method for providing tactical commanders with ready-to-fight replacement weapon systems during war. The purpose of WSRO is to reduce the logistical burden on combat commanders in order for them to concentrate on warfighting. This monograph begins with an introduction to describe the nature of the problem and the research methodology. The next section reviews the development of the WSRO concept and the U.S. Army's current doctrine for weapon system replacement operations. The third.section describes U.S. Army weapon system replacement operations during Operation Desert Storm. The fourth section traces the history of replacement operations. It specifically focuses on personnel and equipment replacement during World War II. The final section of the monograph contains an analysis of WSRO to determine its validity as an operational level logistics function. The final section also includes recommendations for improving WSRO doctrine. The concept of weapon system replacement operations is valid at the operational level of war. The operational level is the only echelon capable of integrating strategic resources to fulfill tactical requirements. The U.S. Army should refine the WSRO concept to accomplish efficient replacement operations during war.

Descriptors :   *WEAPON SYSTEMS, *ARMY OPERATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, FUNCTIONS, METHODOLOGY, WARFARE, IRAQ, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, EFFICIENCY, HISTORY, LOGISTICS, REPLACEMENT, MILITARY COMMANDERS, TACTICAL WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE