Determining the Petroleum Supply and Distribution Capabilities of the United States Army: Supporting the Joint Force in Large-Scale Combat Operations [open pdf - 658KB]
From the Thesis Abstract: "Over the last 50 years, the Army has been slowly shifting its petroleum logistics infrastructure to the reserve forces. This shift in logistics forces has been a result of a growing trend in combatting insurgencies rather than large scale combat operations. It also resulted from an increase in the use of contracting to procure petroleum as a cost effective and relatively quick alternative in lower threat counterinsurgency environments. The shift in Army petroleum assets to the reserves has come as the military has increased its use of the joint force. This study addresses how the Army's petroleum logistics force has shrunk to a level that cannot support the Joint Force in LSCO [large-scale combat operations]. This study suggests that as the Army transitions back to preparing for Large-Scale Combat Operations against near peer competitors, the logistics force must transition its petroleum logistics force structure to be capable and ready to supply the joint force for LSCO in contested environments."
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