Powerlift--Getting to Desert Storm: Strategic Transportation and Strategy in the New World Order

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Logistics, the movement of forces to battlefields, their supply, and on-going support, is critical to military success. Although this principle is theoretically accepted, the importance of being well-prepared to rapidly transport troops and supplies to distant crisis points has not been complemented, as Menarchik shows, by adequate lift capabilities. The author uses the six-month buildup to Desert Storm as proof that the United States needs to increase the priority of logistics in strategy and improve its strategic transport capabilities, especially surge strategic lift. Current transport capabilities will not be positioned or structured to respond effectively to the contingencies associated with America's growing responsibilities given the realities of the New World Order.

Menarchik, himself an experienced pilot, policy planner, and operational commander, clearly demonstrates that Powerlift directly affects choices, timing, strategy development and implementation, and sweeping policy options. He shows that although combat strategy and tactics receive high profile attention it is Lift capability and capacity as a prerequisite that is fundamental to attaining objectives. Readers will learn where, how, and why America needs to improve its capabilities.

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Editorial Reviews

An effusive celebration of the logistics of the Gulf War, describing how the strategic transportation effected overall strategy formulation and calculation, and how it provides a model for flexing American muscle anywhere anytime to enforce the emerging global Pax Americana. An Air Force colonel, Menarchik draws largely on primary sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275946425
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1993
  • Pages: 218
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

DOUGLAS MENARCHIK wrote this book while an International Fellow at The Center for International Affairs of Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Logistics, America's Half-War Strategy and the Gulf 1
Ch. 2 Deploying the Shield to the Desert 39
Ch. 3 Building the Offensive Option 137
Ch. 4 Grand Strategy Decision #3: Desert Storm 157
Ch. 5 Strategic Transportation and Strategy in Desert Shield and Desert Storm 171
Annotated Bibliography 187
Index 191
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