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The Defense Science Board 1998 Summer Study Task Force on DoD Logistics Transformation. Volume 2: Panel Reports

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This report summarizes the work of the Defense Science Board Summer Study Task Force on Department of Defense DoD Logistics Transformation. The Summer Study was tasked to recommend actions to be taken that achieve a true transformation, not marginal improvements to the U.S. military logistics system. The Study emphasized several points 1 The principal operational challenge facing the U.S. military in the 21st Century is strengthening and preserving its capability for early, then continuous, application of dominant control effects across the full spectrum of conflict 2 The military logistics system is a critical enabler of deployment, then sustainment, of dominant full-spectrum engagement effects 3 Todays U.S. military suffers from a separation of logistics from operations and a reliance on mass, rather than efficiency and certainty, to be effective - the logistics system frequently constrains operations and drains scarce resources needed for force modernization 4 Failure to seamlessly blend military logistics with operations will be a showstopper for DoDs planned Revolution in Military Affairs RMA 5 DoD must recognize that logistics transformation is a BIG DEAL and 6 A transformed logistics system can be responsive to CINC needs, support rapid closure of combat power, permit a smaller footprint, be more agile and responsive than todays system, fully integrate business processes and information systems, be well integrated with industry, and be significantly less expensive. The study consists of two volumes. Volume 1 is a summary of the findings and recommendations of the task Force. This volume contains a brief Executive Summary, the Task Force briefing charts with facing page text, and four appendices. Volume 2 contains the sub-panel reports of the Task Force, These reports examined Requirements, Deployment, Sustainment, and New Capabilities. The report contains briefing charts.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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