Accession Number : ADA309665

Title :   Battlefield Distribution: A Systems Approach?

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Stauffer, Robin J.

PDF Url : ADA309665

Report Date : 14 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 61

Abstract : This monograph examines the Battlefield Distribution (BD) concept to determine if it is capable of integrating the six tactical sustainment functions in order to form a more responsive distribution system. The current distribution system is judged to be fragmented along functional lines and slow to respond to user requirements. The BD concept is designed to be a more responsive system by alleviating the deficiencies in the current system. The monograph examines the current and proposed distribution systems and conducts a comparative analysis, using civilian industry models, to determine if the BD concept is a holistic approach and is capable of increasing user confidence. The monograph begins with a brief historical review of the evolution of the army's distribution system. Then it examines in detail the current distribution system and highlights the functional alignment of the six sustainment functions and their supporting information management systems. The monograph then shows that the lack of system confidence is a function of four problem categories in the current system; structural issues, user behavior, unresponsiveness to change, and low standards. The monograph then turns to describing the BD concept. The monograph describes the centralization and consolidation of distribution management functions and the integration of new information and communications technologies into the proposed distribution system. In the analysis section the monograph conducts a comparative analysis of the current system, the proposed system, and civilian distribution models. The analysis section defines civilian theory which is successfully being applied to increase efficiencies in industry distribution systems.

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, *COMBAT SUPPORT, *BATTLEFIELDS, DATA MANAGEMENT, MODELS, THEORY, ALIGNMENT, INTEGRATION, RESPONSE, HISTORY, STANDARDS, USER NEEDS, COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, SYSTEMS APPROACH, BEHAVIOR, CENTRALIZED, ARMY, CONFIDENCE LEVEL.

Subject Categories : Computer Systems
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE