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Strategic Distribution Platform Support of CONUS Army Units

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Home station units depend upon a reliable distribution system to provide them supplies they need to train and prepare for possible deployments. Most of the focus of concern in the past decade has been on how forces deployed to theaters of combat operation have been supported by the global distribution system -- understandably, for an Army engaged in two wars. But with forces returning home from Iraq, and with a drawdown anticipated to begin in Afghanistan after July 2011, along with the repositioning of forces in Europe and Korea to the continental United States CONUS as part of the Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy IGPBS, support to Army forces in CONUS will be of increasing concern. In addition, as contingencies wind down, budgetary concerns are likely to be of increasing importance. The Department of Defense DoD, and the Army, will be under increasing pressure to do more with less and will require a distribution system that helps maintain readiness and supports training goals with timely delivery of needed supplies, and does so at the lowest cost possible. The Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army for logistics tasked RAND Arroyo Center to investigate ongoing trends in distribution support to the Army, with particular focus on CONUS units, and to report on emerging issues and opportunities. This documented briefing focuses on one key element of that support the performance of the scheduled truck network that has been a keystone of support to Army forces in CONUS. It is a revised version of a briefing given to a group of senior Army and DoD logistics leaders at RAND Arroyo Centers annual Logistics Day on September 21, 2010.

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  • Surface Transportation and Equipment
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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