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The Development of Mobile Logistic Support in Anglo-American Naval
Policy, 1900–1953$
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Peter V. Nash

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033679

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033679.001.0001

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Postwar Logistics

Postwar Logistics

Turning Practice into Procedure

(p.77) 4 Postwar Logistics
The Development of Mobile Logistic Support in Anglo-American Naval Policy, 1900–1953

Peter V. Nash

University Press of Florida

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

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