Accession Number : ADA318288

Title :   So Many, So Much, So Far, So Fast. United States Transportation Command and Strategic Deployment for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for Aug 90-Mar 91,

Corporate Author : JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF WASHINGTON DC JOINT HISTORY OFFICE

Personal Author(s) : Matthews, James K. ; Holt, Cora J.

PDF Url : ADA318288

Report Date : 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 343

Abstract : Strategic mobility, the capability to transport military forces rapidly across intercontinental distances into an operational theater, lies at the heart of US military strategy. Nowhere has the importance of strategic mobility been more evident than in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm the military response to the Iraqi seizure of Kuwait that began in August 1990 and ended in March 1991. This study presents a detailed analysis of how the Defense Transportation System (DTS)--the United States Transportation Command, its service components, and the civilian transportation industry--provided the strategic mobility that enabled the United States and its allies to assemble an overwhelming military force to defeat Iraq and free Kuwait. It is also a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the military and civilian personnel who ran the DTS during the operation. This volume is the first major history of a joint operation to be published by the Joint History Office and supports the efforts of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to promote a greater understanding of the joint system. I recommend it to military planners, operators, and logisticians, as well as to readers interested in joint and combined operations.

Descriptors :   *LOGISTICS, *MILITARY TRANSPORTATION, MILITARY RESERVES, MOBILITY, MILITARY HISTORY, MILITARY PERSONNEL, GLOBAL, IRAQ, KUWAIT, MILITARY STRATEGY, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, UNITED STATES, COMMERCE, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, SECURITY, RESPONSE, TRANSPORT, CARGO, OPERATION, NAVAL OPERATIONS, CIVILIAN PERSONNEL, STRATEGIC WARFARE, MERCHANT VESSELS, AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, SHIPPING, LAND AREAS, RAPID DEPLOYMENT.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE