The Strategic Distribution System in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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This documented briefing reports on research done as part of the Strategic Distribution program SD, a joint endeavor of the U.S. Transportation Command TRANSCOM and the Defense Logistics Agency DLA to improve the reliability and responsiveness of the Defense distribution system. This analysis is part of RANDs ongoing efforts to help these organizations shape the concept and strategy behind SD, and to aid in implementing process improvements. SD began in 2000 as a means of addressing problems in the distribution portion of the military supply chain. Since the effort began, SD has produced a process improvement methodology that has resulted in distribution processes that move materiel and personnel more quickly, reliably, and efficiently. Earlier initiatives such as the Armys Velocity Management VM had already demonstrated the successes that can result from a systematic analysis of end-to- end processes and the empowerment of a committed team of military logisticians. SD has extended these process improvements to the joint level. During its first year, SD laid the groundwork for major change. It established an organization to pursue improvement, developed measurement tools to capture successes and failures, and developed its strategic concept, headed by senior leaders from DLA and TRANSCOM. Committees were established to oversee SD efforts in four areas stock positioning, air distribution, surface distribution, and financial management within the Defense Transportation System DTS. These committees are led by senior officers from the DLA Defense Distribution Center DDC, Air Force Air Mobility Command AMC, TRANSCOMs Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command MSDDC, and TRANSCOM, respectively. An executive agent, two co-directors, and a common analytical agency coordinate complementary efforts and initiatives among the four committees.
- Surface Transportation and Equipment
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies