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Military Law Review

BOOK REVIEW: MOVING MOUNTAINS: LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP AND LOGISTICS FROM THE GULF WAR 1

June, 1999

160 Mil. L. Rev. 257

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Reviewed by Major Michael G. Seidel 2

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I. Introduction

"Running logistics for the Gulf War has been compared to transporting the entire population of Alaska, along with their personal belongings, to the other side of the world, on short notice." 3 Between August 1990 and August 1991, the logisticians of the U.S. Armed Forces in Southwest Asia served over "122 million meals, pumped 1.3 billion gallons of fuel, and drove nearly 52 million miles." 4 This can be compared to "feeding all the residents of Wyoming and Vermont three meals a day for forty days;" supplying "the twelve-month fuel consumption of the District of Columbia, Montana, and North Dakota combined;" and making "more than 100 round trips to the moon." 5

Lieutenant General (Retired) William G. Pagonis and his 22d Support Command (SUPCOM) completed these unprecedented logistical feats. In response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990, the United States rapidly deployed forces to Saudi Arabia. This short-notice deployment created an immense logistical task. How do the Armed Forces move over 560,000 soldiers and their equipment to a remote side of the globe, sustain them in the field indefinitely, and then reverse the process?

This incredible challenge fell on General Pagonis, a career Army logistician with a unique style of leadership and management. Under his leadership, the 22d SUPCOM met the challenge with resounding success. General Pagonis' logistical success enabled the quick, decisive U.S. victory against Iraq.

In Moving Mountains, General Pagonis, with Jeffery L. Cruikshank, presents lessons learned in leadership and logistics ...
 
 
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