Young Jun Kim

Date of Graduation

Spring 2009


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

William Van Cleave


This thesis makes the assertion that change is needed in the way American ground forces organize and equip to deploy and fight. The need for a permanent shift in mission focus from occupying foreign soil to the conduct of expeditionary warfare is essential in an environment of constrained economic resources. The idea is to use expeditionary warfare to achieve a strategic advantage in conflict or crisis beyond America's borders and that it is a more efficient and effective alternative for the use of American military force. The concepts in this thesis use historical precedence and examples to analyze factors of expeditionary success that will identify military principles. With these military principles, a criteria can be laid out for success in future military expeditions.


expeditionary warfare, military transformation, military strategy, ground combat expeditionary operations, expeditionary logistics, air-naval framework, expeditionary logistics framework

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


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