Accession Number : ADA308626

Title :   Medical Supply Prime Vendor: Is the Department of Defense on the 'Readiness' Road to Abilene?

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : LLoyd, Darryl W.

PDF Url : ADA308626

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : Adopting commercial medical prime vendor (PV) practices has eroded the traditional defense medical supply infrastructure and impacted DOD's ability to support two nearly simultaneous major regional crises. This study examines the readiness implications of PV in reducing inventory levels within the Defense Personnel Support Center depots, U.S. Army installation support activities, and U.S. Army medical field units. Also highlighted are DOD and service initiatives to test PV support under contingency conditions, to contract alternative solutions to PV shortfalls, and to institute other business enhancements. This study argues that DOD is presently in a transitionary period and that vulnerabilities will persist until recent acquisition strategies have been implemented. Finally, other readiness-related concerns and recommendations are addressed regarding the diminishing medical materiel infrastructure and the diminishing training base.

Descriptors :   *VENDORS, *MEDICAL SUPPLIES, TEST AND EVALUATION, LOGISTICS SUPPORT, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MATERIEL, MILITARY FACILITIES, COMMERCE, EMERGENCIES, STRATEGY, ACQUISITION, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, TRAINING, OPERATIONAL READINESS, ARMY FACILITIES, MEDICINE, SUPPLY DEPOTS, INVENTORY, ROADS, MEDICAL SERVICES, MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, FIELD ARMY, INFRASTRUCTURE.

Subject Categories : Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE