Accession Number : ADA308989

Title :   Responsive Logistics (Movement Must Replace Mass).

Descriptive Note : Strategic research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Hauser, Robert J., Jr

PDF Url : ADA308989

Report Date : 15 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : This study asserts that DOD's wholesale logistics systems are not designed for and do not provide responsive logistics support to warfighting CINCs. Conditioned to accept long order-ship-times (0ST), warfighters have historically compensated for this lack of responsiveness by relying on massive buildups of supply inventories in theater and at intermediate staging bases. This supply buildup strategy has proven successful and has been institutionalized in Joint and Service doctrines. Both warfighters and logisticians are comfortable with a logistics system based on mass inventories. The paper argues that a downsized DOD can no longer afford, either financially or from a combat readiness perspective, to continue to use mass to compensate for a lack of system responsiveness. Both warfighters and logisticians need to shift their paradigm from logistics based on mass to a concept that relies on total visibility over a responsive reliable flow.

Descriptors :   *LOGISTICS SUPPORT, MILITARY STRATEGY, SHIPS, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, COMBAT READINESS, MASS, RELIABILITY, RESPONSE, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, VISIBILITY, LOGISTICS, REPLACEMENT, INVENTORY, FLOW, SUPPLIES.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE