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Postwar Logistics

Peter V. Nash

in The Development of Mobile Logistic Support in Anglo-American Naval Policy, 1900–1953

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033679
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038711 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033679.003.0004
Postwar Logistics

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This chapter looks at how postwar cultural and organizational change was conditioned by recent wartime logistic experience. Many of the logistic challenges during World War II had been faced for the first time and were only resolved by improvisation and sheer grind. A fresh sense of order and pattern were needed so the role of logistics would be better recognized, anticipated, and applied in future wars. Such progression is explored on two levels. First, it looks through the prism of naval education, particularly those British and American officers attending the logistics courses introduced after the war at the Naval War College (NWC). Second, it investigates whether either navy modified its organizational administration to reflect and build upon the logistical lessons learned from the past as each navy went about positioning itself to meet the fresh challenges of the future.

Keywords: logistics; naval education; logistics courses; Naval War College; British officers; World War II; American officers

Chapter.  15077 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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