Going the Extra Mile: Enabling Joint Logistics for the Tactical War Fighter
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Lessons learned from recent conflict combined with the shape of current military activities have created an environment that challenges the traditional paradigm of logistics at the tactical level. While doctrine does little to break the constraints of Service based logistics, joint logistical concepts and Service initiatives recognize the changing nature of activities at the tactical level and the need to facilitate greater interoperability and cooperation at all levels. Developing concepts from systems theory, emerging technologies, and the reality of joint, interagency, multinational, and nongovernmental integration in tactical action now and for the foreseeable future all drive toward a new approach to logistics, To meet the anticipated challenges of current and future distributed operations increasingly conducted within a joint, interagency, and coalition framework down to the tactical level, the Department of Defense must spearhead the top-down establishment of a baseline common logistics system to include shared terminology, processes, equipment, and information systems. Emerging concepts such as Sense and Respond Logistics and Distributed Networked Operations in conjunction with advances in technology and equipment will enable the DoD to create a tactical logistics framework that facilitates coordination and unity of effort between joint interagency, and coalition partners.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics