Logistics in a Changing Environment: Supporting Marine Expeditionary Units
Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States
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Operation Iraqi Freedom involved more than 400 miles of terrain that equipment, supplies, and supporting personnel needed to cross. The number of bases throughout the world has decreased, and as a result, sea bases have gained in importance. Users are being trained in new technology that improves the tracking of equipment to its point of need. These are examples of how the environment in which the Marine Corps operates is changing all the time. Marine Maj. Gen. Edward G. Usher III, deputy commandant for installations and logistics, is responsible for ensuring the Marine Corps not only keeps pace with change, but anticipates new needs. Defense AT and L interviewed Maj. Gen. Usher on what the future holds regarding logistics, increasing the warfighters situational awareness, and meeting the challenge of a growing Marine Corps.