Accession Number:

ADA545550

Title:

Our Logistics Failure - The Military's Overreliance Upon Sustainment Contracting

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT ADVANCED WARFIGHTING SCHOOL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-06-17

Pagination or Media Count:

79.0

Abstract:

Since the mid 1990s, the United States military has allowed contractors to become ingrained in the sustainment fabric of our military. From realistic beginnings of building hard-stand shelter for Soldiers and Marines on the ground in the Balkans, the Department of Defense has allowed contracting to become the default option when it comes to supporting U.S. forces in combat. In spite of the fact that-per capita-there are more logisticians now in the United States military than any period in history, the contractors supporting sustainment of our forces in combat are also more numerous than any time in history, approaching a 1 to 1 ratio as compared to the military population they support. Sustainment contracting is a multi-billion dollar industry and accounts for the largest share of the Defense-related contracted business. Not only is this practice of excessive contracting fiscally irresponsible, but also detrimental to the development of the militarys future logisticians as well as the units they will one day command.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE