From Silly Putty to Super Glue: Operational Logistics
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS
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Silly putty is analogous to operational logistics where unique characteristics are mixed or matched resulting in a viable support concept. This paper identifies and defines the elements necessary for the transition from a flexible concept to a coherent attachment of strategy and logistics. The elements and characteristics of the silly putty are defined by the logistics characteristics of requirements determination, sustainment and distribution. Review of World War II and Desert Storm logistics lessons learned emphasize the importance of the transition from silly putty to super glue. To ensure that the logistics process progresses from silly putty to super glue, assignment of responsibilities, coordination and establishment of supply data bases are recommended. The review and evaluation of requirements determination, sustainment and distribution are the basis for operational planning in a theater of war. The manipulation and resiliency achieved by the application of operational logistics, via the logistics plan, is the super glue that joins strategy to logistics and ensures success.
- Information Science
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies