Accession Number : ADA325142

Title :   Fueling the Operational Battlefield.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Quintanilla, Humberto L., II

PDF Url : ADA325142

Report Date : FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : This study examines the problems associated with maintaining distilled bulk petroleum fuel stocks in the operational battlefield. With the employment of mechanized ground forces, rotary and fixed wing aircraft, and vehicles that are dependent on petroleum fuel, the operational commander could face serious tactical and strategic problems in his prosecution of a war if his fuel supplies are destroyed. Of particular importance is the jeopardy of fuel supplies, in the operational battlefield and in the theater, when analyzed through a Korean Peninsula war scenario. The significance of fuel shortages has proven to be a critical vulnerability in three historical cases that are cited in this study. A clever and determined enemy can destroy or deny the use of tactical, theater, and strategic fuel supplies with the end result being that an Allied victory in another Korean war may well be jeopardized by lack of fuel availability to the operational commander in the battlefield.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT READINESS, *VULNERABILITY, *FUEL OIL, *FUEL SHORTAGES, MILITARY HISTORY, LOGISTICS SUPPORT, MILITARY SUPPLIES, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, BATTLEFIELDS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, AVIATION FUELS, REFUELING, STOCKPILES, INVENTORY ANALYSIS, BATTLE MANAGEMENT.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE