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Leadership and Logistics Meeting the Army's Expeditionary Requirements of Today and 2025

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Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States

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Strategic inflection points challenge organizations in both the public and private sector. The point and time when your business changes so much that the old ways of doing things no longer applies can create havoc and turmoil. The challenge with a strategic inflection point is often times the organizations institutional culture prevents change and innovation. The business of the U.S. Army is to prevent, shape, and win ground combat operations.1 That aspect will not change however, the manner in which the Army conducts its business is changing. To put this into perspective, in mens college basketball the objective is still to have more points at the end of the game than your opponent does. That objective remains however, once the rules changed with an introduction of a shot clock and a three-point line, the game changed. Smart leaders and coaches had to change to be successful. The introduction of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, specifically, Global Combat Support System-Army GCSS-Army changes the rules of the game. The objective remains the same yet the manner in which the Army will go about meeting its objective will change. Unlike the basketball example, this strategic inflection point is not as easy to recognize. The Armys ability to recognize this strategic inflection point and change its institutional culture will go a long way in determining how soon the Army will adapt to this change and improve its sustainment capability in support of Unified Land Operations,

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