Setting the Theater: US Sustainment Operations in the Pacific During World War Ii [open pdf - 511KB]
From the abstract: "To meet high logistical demands over the vast distances in the Pacific theater, sustainment operations must be joint, sequential, and in depth to simultaneously secure, then improve, key logistics nodes while maintaining steady coordinated sustainment distribution operations. This is done through the joint seizure of key logistical nodes, followed by ground engineering developments to facilities and infrastructure that support combat and shaping operations while maintaining a carefully timed distribution system through maritime and air routes. The United States has been involved in the Pacific for over a century, and the need to understand the geography and tyranny of distance is only one characteristic of the theater. Understanding the importance of posturing and setting the theater for deterrence, successful defense, and sustainment is even more crucial. The positioning of U.S. military forces and capabilities around the world reinforces an international order and permits rapid response to emerging threats."
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