Accession Number : ADA311677

Title :   Logistic Pillars at the Operational Level of War and the Role of the Joint Force Commander.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Bissett, Bruce E.

PDF Url : ADA311677

Report Date : 14 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : Logistics influences every aspect of operational planning and execution. To a large extent, what is possible operationally depends on what is logistically supportable. Operational logistics provides the connection between the strategic and tactical ends of the logistic continuum. It is also critical to the massing and sustainment of combat power in a theater of war or theater of operations. Existing literature on logistics is typically focused on either broad strategic concepts or detailed tactical tasks. Since the services are responsible for the logistic support of their forces, the role of logistics at the operational level and the part played by the operational commander are not particularly clear. This paper identifies and discusses the three key logistic pillars of preparing the theater, organizing the force, and managing resources at the operational level of war. In doing so, it provides a basis for understanding the critical role played by the joint force commander in orchestrating the logistic support of his campaign or major operation.

Descriptors :   *LOGISTICS SUPPORT, *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *LEADERSHIP, *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, *RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MILITARY STRATEGY, COMBAT SUPPORT, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY PLANNING, MILITARY TACTICS, LOGISTICS PLANNING, PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE