An Educational Methodology for Enhancing Familiarity with United States Air Force Combat Logistics.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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Certain developments since the end of the Vietnam War have given Air Force leaders cause for concern over a potential weakening of the war-fighting ability of the service. The authors offer evidence of that problem, then focus specifically on logistics war-fighting issues. After substantiating dual needs to continually relate logistics to war-fighting and also to avoid functional specialization, the authors suggest creating a combat logistics body of knowledge to address those needs. The primary research objectives include establishing a system for determining relevant combat logistics topics and proposing a Professional Continuing Education course syllabus on the subject. HQ USAF and AFLC provided over 80 suggested topics which the authors analyze with a matrix system. The matrix results show that qualifying topics are distributed fairly evenly among five major logistics functions, except for acquisition. Consequently, the authors recommend further research on that area, and in transportation. The authors conclude by reviewing problems with peacetime analytical thinking and by recommending the combat logistics course as a positive step toward building a war-fighting and readiness orientation.
- Humanities and History
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies