The History of the Army's Logistic Civilian Augmentation Program: An Analysis of Its Oversight from Past to Present
MBA Professional rept.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY
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The purpose of this MBA Project was to investigate and provide a comprehensive overview of the utilization of contractors on the battlefield while specifically focusing on the effectiveness and efficiency of oversight provided on Logistics Civil Augmentation Program LOGCAP contracts in Iraq. The study begins by providing a historical road map of contractors on the battlefield leading up to the introduction of LOGCAP, which has provided the US Army and other government organizations logistical support services for over two decades. The study continues with an overview of the LOGCAP program the utilization of LOGCAP a historical perspective on GAO reporting on oversight issues associated with LOGCAP contracts, and an analysis of the efficiency and effectiveness of oversight of LOGCAP contracts in Iraq. Evidence also reveals that LOGCAPs management and oversight challenges continue to exist in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The empirical data presented shows a correlation between the lack of centralized authority of control and deficient civilian supervision of the contractors. Review and analysis of empirical data was conducted using General Accounting Office GAO audit reports. These reports provided the primary basis for this study along with interviews and literature research. Analysis is applied to the data gathered to develop recommendations to optimize the use of effective and efficient logistic civilian support in a combat environment. Upon completion of the analysis, suggested recommendations andor solutions are provided.
- Administration and Management
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies