The Depot System in the 21st Century
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The depot system faces enormous challenges in the years ahead. Workload will not support the large depot system that we have today. In an era of budget reductions and force structure cuts, the depot system needs restructuring. Many of our depots are over 40 years old and urgently need modernization to be both responsive and cost effective. In addition, many depots have severe environmental problems. Since extensive modernization is both resource intensive and time consuming, it is imperative that future equipment trends and the newest manufacturing technologies be examined to better direct the modernization effort. This study examines both of these factors as well as mission and workload data and projections in an attempt to determine depot system needs. An organization at the Depot System Command DESCOM called READY 2000 which has been formed to perform a highly structured analysis of many of these issues has been extremely helpful in the development of this study. This project does not consider the political ramifications of any recommendations nor does it make any analysis in the area of special weapons. It does, however, provide a framework for a more detailed analysis. The project discusses the readiness and sustainment impacts of increased contractor logistics support and makes specific recommendations on depot closures, realignments, and modernization effort. Keywords Army facilities Logistics planningmanagement.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies