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Should USTRANSCOM Own It All?
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF LOGISTICS AND ACQUIS ITION MANAGEMENT
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The U.S. logistics system is not as capable as it is designed to be and therefore unnecessarily confines the operational limits of future campaigns. The organizational structure of our transportation system is sluggish, unreliable, and expensive because it is fragmented and inefficient. It consists of multiple transportation entities and agencies made up of separate services and commands each with responsibilities for individual modal and service commitments and functions operating in a vertical or stovepiped fashion. This stovepiped organizational structure causes unnecessary redundancies and extra layers of bureaucracy which increase costs, slow the process down, and make the system less reliable. This Graduate Research Project GRP begins by examining the creation and history of USTRANSCOM to lay the foundation for what was expected of it as a unified command and help explain why it has failed to meet those expectations. It also discusses the indicators of USTRANSCOMs inefficiency and ineffectiveness while highlighting and investigating the causes. This GRP discusses the alternative of putting the ITOIMO and theater airlift under the organizational control of USTRANSCOM and consolidating the headquarters functions of AMC, MSC, and MIMC. Finally this GRP recommends consolidating the above organizational elements under the organizational structure of USTRANSCOM.
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