Equipment For Operation Iraqi Freedom And Operation Enduring Freedom

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STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM What were the causes for the excess and the abandonment of equipment for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom? BACKGROUND Most logistical tacticians have a tendency to review historical documents before developing strategies to deploy and redeploy troops and equipment. This common practice is very successful to deploying soldiers and equipment, but historically there is a lack of emphasis on the redeployment, or retrograde of equipment. The soldiers are undoubtedly brought home; nonetheless antiquity shows us equipment is sometimes not a priority to return. Logistic American retrograde issues were first publically noticed in 1847 following war with Mexico. A published Army bulletin revealed property divesting as an issue and needed a high priority because of the great loss of left behind equipment. Again after World Wars I and II, the military had immense amounts of equipment scattered across the Pacific and Europe. There was no specific need for the equipment after the war, and much of it was abandoned in place, and although lack of retrograde operations occurred, the abandoned equipment turned useful in supporting the Korean War. Logisticians learning their lessons from previous wars, vowed to not be unprepared while entering the Vietnam War. Specialized programs and systems were established to document, classify and store all equipment entering Vietnam. Continental Army Command initialized the program STOP/SEE to
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