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Books listed under Professional Categories consist of recommended readings to expand understanding in certain areas.

  

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CLOCKSPEED: WINNING INDUSTRY CONTROL IN THE AGE OF TEMPORARY ADVANTAGE - Charles H. Fine
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Introduces a new vocabulary for understanding the forces of competition and making strategic decisions that will determine the destiny of a given company, as well as a given industry. The author argues that each industry has its own evolutionary life cycle or “clockspeed” measured by the rate at which it introduces new products, processes, and organizational structures. Just as geneticists study the fruit fly to gain insight into the evolutionary paths of all animals, managers in any industry can learn from the industrial fruit flies-such as Internet services, personal computers, and multimedia entertainment-which evolve through new generations at breakneck speed.

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FEEDING MARS: LOGISTICS IN WESTERN WARFARE FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT - John A. Lynn (Editor)
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Tools of war demand huge quantities of fodder, fuel, ammunition, and food. All these must be produced, transported, and distributed to contending forces in the field. No one can doubt the importance of feeding the god of war (Mars) in warfare, and it takes no great effort to recognize that logistics has always been a major aspect of large-scale armed struggle. This book makes a major contribution to military history, shedding light on an important, but too often overlooked, aspect of warfare — logistics.

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PACIFIC EXPRESS: THE CRITICAL ROLE OF MILITARY LOGISTICS IN WORLD WAR II - William L. McGee (Ed.); Sandra McGee (Ed.)
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Volume 3 of the Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in WWII series. This book is dedicated to the men and women—military and civilian—who served in logistical support roles for the front line combat personnel in WWII. The story of the vital logistics services supporting the U.S. Armed Forces operating in the Pacific is told — proof positive that warfare is not all blazing combat. While victory is won or lost in battle, all military history shows that adequate logistics support is essential to the winning of the battle.

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RECURRING LOGISTIC PROBLEMS AS I HAVE OBSERVED THEM - Carter Bowie Magruder
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A study of the logistical aspects of war, this book outlines basic problems that tend to recur in logistics. Despite the transformation in equipment and supplies that separate today’s military from that entered by the author in 1917, the principles that guided the technical services of his day apply equally to those who serve in combat service support assignments today.

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SUPPLYING WAR: LOGISTICS FROM WALLENSTEIN TO PATTON - Martin van Creveld
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Examines the “nuts and bolts" of war. The author considers formidable problems of movement and supply, transportation and administration, often mentioned (but rarely explored) by the vast majority of books on military history. By concentrating on logistics rather than on the more traditional tactics and strategy, the author is able to offer an original reinterpretation of military history.

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THE SINEWS OF WAR: ARMY LOGISTICS 1775-1953 - James A. Huston  Icon  Icon
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This work is a general historical survey of U.S. Army logistics. It contributes a better understanding of the significance of logistics in the American military experience, and provides an appreciation of some of the Army's logistical problems in its conduct of war from the Revolutionary War through the Korean War. Logistics covers a vast range of subjects. The word logistics came into general military use shortly before World War II, although its substance has been of concern as long as there have been armies. In Army usage it has come to include four principal elements in the support of military operations: (1) supply, including determination of requirements, procurement, and distribution; (2) transportation; (3) evacuation and hospitalization; and (4) service. In short, logistics is the application of time and space factors to war. It is the economics of warfare, and it comprises, in the broadest sense, the three big M's of warfare - materiel, movement, and maintenance. If international politics is the "art of the possible," and war is its instrument, logistics is the art of defining and extending the possible. It provides the substance that physically permits an army to "live and move and have its being."

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LOGISTICS IN THE FALKLANDS WAR - Kenneth L. Privratsky
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While many books have been written on the Falklands War, this is the first to focus on the vital aspect of logistics. The challenges were huge; the lack of preparation time; the urgency; the huge distances involved; the need to requisition ships from trade to name but four.After a brief discussion of events leading to Argentina's invasion the book describes in detail the rush to reorganize and deploy forces, dispatch a large task force, the innovative solutions needed to sustain the Task Force, the vital staging base at Ascension Island, the in-theater resupply, the setbacks and finally the restoring of order after victory.Had the logistics plan failed, victory would have been impossible and humiliation inevitable, with no food for the troops, no ammunition for the guns, no medical support for casualties etc.The lessons learned have never been more important with increasing numbers of out-of-area operations required in remote trouble spots at short notice. The Falklands experience is crucial for the education of new generations of military planners and fascinating for military buffs and this book fills an important gap.

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LIFEBLOOD OF WAR - Julian F. Thompson
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This is a study of the place of logistics in the military campaign. It uses a number of campaigns to illustrate how the problem of supplying forces has been tackled over the centuries.

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