Accession Number : ADA328069

Title :   Cooperative Sustainment: A Strategy for Focused Logistics.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Usher, Edward G., III

PDF Url : ADA328069

Report Date : 19 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The end of the Cold War has reshaped our National Military Strategy (NMS). The diverse range of military missions that are now embraced in that strategy required a critical rethinking of our supporting logistic strategy. By design or default, logistic sustainment has always played a pivotal role in determining what is possible at the operational level of war. Today the sustainment strategy of 'just-in-case' logistics, the foundation of our Cold War logistics strategy, combined with a decreasing defense budget, will not meet the challenges inherent in our NMS. The era of 'just-in time' sustainment is emerging and a new strategy of Cooperative Sustainment -- the fusion of military and commercial capabilities -- is necessary to meet today's sustainment challenges. This paper discusses the growing similarity between commercial and military logistics and identifies key commercial logistic capabilities that will have to be fused into military logistics planning in order to meet the diverse range of missions expected in the post cold war era.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, *MILITARY PLANNING, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, COLD WAR, MILITARY BUDGETS, POSTWAR OPERATIONS.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE