Consumable Item Planning for Industrial Preparedness
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper examines not only the method used in determining wartime material requirements planning and its relationship to the industrial base, but its underlying philosophy. The focus is on consumable items and is limited to the wholesale management of such items as practiced by the Defense Logistics Agency. Specific method are presented which serve to better communicate requirements to industry during the critical periods of transition from peace to war. This paper is a result of personal interest generated during a study of Service mobilization and wartime requirements for consumable planning the perceived notion that the Armed Services do not know what they need and the failure to plan with industry for the correct items. Yet, while there is truth to both notions, the wholesale community itself needs to initiate actions for internal improvements. The opportunity to not only refine requirements planning but improve business practices is real. The result will be reduced inventories, enhanced sustainability, and the potential to reduce costs and provide significant savings.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies