Strategic Mobility: Can We Get There in Time   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The dramatic changes in the world starting in the fall of 1989 will enable the United States to reduce its large military forces in Europe for the first time in 40 years. The collapse of communism and the decline of the Warsaw Pact military threat resulted from the inability of the communist system to provide for their people economically. Everyone agrees that there is no longer an imminent threat of a war in Europe between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. But before the United States dismantles its military forces, there is a need to look at the rest of the world. […] This paper looks at the capabilities and requirements for strategic mobility and discusses ways to innovatively use the dwindling resources to achieve the greatest capability. With a dramatically smaller Army and fewer forces forward deployed around the world, the need for strategic airlift and sealift is increasing not decreasing We need the planned production of the C-17 and to fund sufficient Fast Sealift Ships to move and sustain our contingency forces. The U.S. Merchant Marine industry is in steep decline and the country, not the military, mu t take action. To counter the inability of the military to count on civilian shipping to move 95%-99% of its requirements in a crisis, this paper, looks at potential prepositioning alternatives and the need for an activ4e, manned sealift capability."

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