Logistics Modernization: The Answer to Attrition Logistics
Contemporary issues paper
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Advancements in tactics, equipment, and technology have been utilized extensively within the aviation combat element ACE and ground combat element GCE over the last two decades to dramatically increase their range and lethality on the battlefield. However, commensurate improvements have not occurred within the Marine air ground task forces MAGTF combat service support element CSSE, which has resulted in a capabilities gap between the fast moving, highly efficient teeth of the MAGTF, and its antiquated and unresponsive tail. The inability of the CSSE, with its capabilities rooted in the tactics and technology inherited from its attrition warfare oriented predecessors, to support the highly mobile and maneuvercentric warfighters of the ACE and GCE was clearly demonstrated in Operation Iraqi Freedom I OIF I. Lack of a well defined command and control C2 architecture, reliance on antiquated and non-interoperable supply and maintenance systems, lack of total asset visibility TAV and in-transit visibility ITV within the MAGTF, and the radically different task organization adopted by the CSSE in theater, all contributed to its inability to provide responsive combat service support CSS to the MAGTFs maneuver forces.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies