The Silent Revolution within NATO Logistics: A Study in Afghanistan Fuel and Future Applications

The Silent Revolution within NATO Logistics: A Study in Afghanistan Fuel and Future Applications

Master’s thesis

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEFENSE ANALYSIS DEPT

Evans, Michael J ; Masternak, Stephen W

Dec 2012

Abstract : This thesis presents the history of NATO’s logistics fuel operation in Afghanistan and the lessons learned from it for the broader logistics community. The research focuses on a small group of individuals and how they came to supply over 3 million liters of fuel daily to Afghanistan with very little upfront investment from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) nations. The thesis describes how these individuals managed NATO fuel operations outside of traditional agencies like the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) and the worldwide U.S. Defense Logistics Agency-Energy (DLA-E). In addition, the thesis examines NATO’s operation in Afghanistan as compared to similar historical examples of large-scale coalition fuel efforts over long lines of communication. These historical case studies assist in framing the context of NATO logisticians’ accomplishments and the level of risk they accepted in supplying fuel to the NATO-led ISAF mission. The NATO case study provides a model for coalition support in a time when nations are unwilling or unable to provide logistics support to their forces.

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