Logistics in Recent Soviet Military Writings

by Andris Trapans

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The increasing emphasis on logistics in Soviet military publications is analyzed in terms of two specific problems: the scope of logistic activities during a nuclear conflict, and alternative means of transport for resources. Soviet military periodicals published between 1964 and 1966 reflect the impact of logistical ideas expressed in Sokolovskii's Military Strategy and a new emphasis on the logistics of nuclear war. Military economists and logisticians now stress the peacetime accumulation of stocks and forces for wartime use. On the question of transport, the viability of railroads is under debate. Large tactical pipelines, to be laid immediately after advancing troops, are considered as second only to motor transport of fuel. Consideration is also being given to the air delivery of fuel to missile forces, using cargo aircraft, helicopter, and airdrop.

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