Academic journal article Military Review

Transportation and Logistics: One Man's Story

Academic journal article Military Review

Transportation and Logistics: One Man's Story

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TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS: One Man's Story by Jack C. Fuson. 227 pages. Center of Military History, Washington, DC. (Available from the Superintendent of Documents, US Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.) 1994. $18.00.

Ten years ago, there were few choices to read about military logistics. This is changing, partially because of the Center of Military History series started a few years back with Carter B. Magruder's Recurring Logistical Problems As I Have Observed Them and Joseph M. Heiser's A Soldier Supporting Soldiers. Lieutenant General Jack C. Fuson's Transportation and Logistics is the third series book and clearly the best.

Fuson retired in 1977 after a distinguished logistician military career, which included three wars and serving as the US Army's deputy chief of staff for Logistics. He played a major role in this century's Army logistics evolution. His purpose in Transportation and Logistics is not selfglorification but, as he says, "to highlight several logistic problems which kept recurring during my thirty-five years of service in the United States Aymy."

These problems are: no one is in charge of the total logistic system for the Army; a lack of in-transit visibility continues to persist; many fail to understand concepts such as transportation management, traffic management and movement control; amphibious operation organization and doctrine remain insufficient; a continuing lack of emphasis on retrograde operations; and too few support personnel deploy during the initial stages of operations. Fuson discusses each with even more personal experience detail in his last chapter. He also appends a 1918 article by Major C.A. Bach, whose thoughts remain timeless and warrant careful reading by commanders. …

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