Accession Number : ADA308602

Title :   Multinational Logistic in NATO: Will it Work?

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Spidel, Robert J.

PDF Url : ADA308602

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : The collapse of the Berlin Wall and subsequent demise of the Soviet Union has significantly altered the way the United States and its NATO Allies will conduct military operations in the future. All members of the Alliance have downsized their armed forces, while at the same time they have expanded their missions to include out of area operations. Logistics, which traditionally has been exclusively a national responsibility, can no longer be executed in the traditional manner. Resources in manpower and material require the Alliance to re-think 40 years of Cold War habits. NATO has recently conducted studies and come up with recommendations that should help eliminate duplication of effort, while simultaneously providing the support needed by the commanders on the ground. Many of these recommendations are political compromises, but most are reasonable alternatives to past procedures. Are NATO's commanders ready to accept these measures and change the way they have traditionally supported the force? Although still early, initial indications from Bosnia-Herzogovina are not encouraging. The Alliance needs to test these methods of support now to ensure the future does not result in logistically failed missions.

Descriptors :   *NATO, *LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, *MODIFICATION, MILITARY OPERATIONS, USSR, GROUND LEVEL, UNITED STATES, MANPOWER, COLD WAR, MILITARY COMMANDERS, BERLIN, ACCEPTABILITY, POLITICAL NEGOTIATIONS, MILITARY DOWNSIZING.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE