Evaluating Combat Service Support Transformation for the Contemporary Operating Environment [open pdf - 460KB]
"This monograph evaluates the Combat Service Support (CSS) transformation initiatives against the framework of the Contemporary Operating Environment. This environmental construct provides the military planner a visualization of future conflicts and the imagined challenges in the operational environment. The hypothesis is that current logistics transformation initiatives will prepare most Army Combat Service Support Units for the challenges of future battlefields. A detailed discussion of terms and concepts in logistics, the Contemporary Operating Environment, and logistical lessons learned in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom set the stage for the analysis of transformational doctrine, organizational design, training, and material. The asymmetric threats and non-contiguous engagements of CSS units in Operation Iraqi Freedom help prove that the conventional battlefield construct is no longer the default setting for conflict. The monograph concludes that many transformational ideas have merit, yet there are still capability gaps in force protection and collective combat skills training for most support units. Recommendations include the creation and implementation of a Combat Service Support Training Center and renewed emphasis on personal and vehicular force protection equipment."
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