Marines vs. Contractors: An Analysis of a Supply Outsourcing Initiative and its Impact on Cost and Efficiency
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Since 2001, the Marine Corps has outsourced the management of all individual issue combat gear. This contracted outsourcing, called the Consolidated Issue Facility CIF and then the Individual Issue Facility IIF under the direction of local Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters MEF HQ and Marine Corps Logistics Command LOGCOM, are responsible for the distribution, management, and collection of every Marines individual combat issue of gear a task previously accomplished by each units individual organic supply section. By removing this burden on the supply sections, the Marine Corps was theoretically able to free-up Marines to fill billets in warfighting roles. The Marine Corps has touted the ability to save money and create efficiencies that did not exist previously with organic Marine Corps led supply operations. The Marine Corps is looking to increase the amount of assets managed by an outside vendor, by outsourcing management of unit assets such as Soft Walled Shelters and Camouflage netting to a Unit Issue Facility UIF using the same model as the CIFIIF. This paper will explore if the CIFIIF program saved the Marine Corps money from 2001 thru 2010, allowed for transfer of personnel to other roles, and if the program is an effective model for future outsourcing endeavors.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies