Facilitating the US Army's Transition from War to Peace

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Facilitating the U.S. Army's Transition from War to Peace Introduction Mobilizing for even regional conflicts can require several days for a modern army, and the U.S. Army is no exception. In fact, during World Wars I and II, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the U.S. Army was forced to rely on obsolete equipment left over from previous conflicts until the nation could organize the resources needed to support the Army in the field. Conversely, when these wars have been fought to their bloody conclusions, the Army is routinely demobilized and downsized and the enormous amounts of excess materiel and ordnance that have been harnessed must be disposed of in the most efficient method available. To determine how the U.S. Army has historically dealt with the transition from war to peace in the 20th century, this paper provides a review of the relevant literature followed by a summary of the research in the conclusion. Review and Discussion As the U.S. Army completes its withdrawal from Afghanistan, the transition from a combat military force to a peacetime role means that the importance of stockpiles of supplies and soldiers in the management pipeline will have to be reevaluated in light of the organization's changing mission. In the past, the U.S. Army has dealt with the transition from combat to garrison through discharges of unessential personnel and the sale of surplus material through commercial bidding. During the brief period following the end of World War II but
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