Field of Study
David H. Bennett
The War of More: The 20th Century American Military Logistic Dilemma and the Influence of Consumer Culture
Dissertation DescriptionThroughout the 20th century American military endeavors have benefited from unprecedented logistic success and largess. Paradoxically and less well known, many of these same actions were also hindered in a variety of ways by their material excesses. This dissertation attempts to trace and analyze the development and complex interplay of the influence of consumer culture upon the support expectations of American soldiers, officers, and agencies charged with logistically sustaining these conflicts. It also examines how consumer driver logistics influenced strategies, adversaries, and outcomes often in some surprising ways, sometimes at odds with professed military and political objectives.