Accession Number:

ADA609814

Title:

Balancing Act: The U. S. Military's Reliance on Contractors to Fulfill Operational-Level Logistical Requirements

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-05-15

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

This paper examines an overreliance on contractors by the U.S. military. During the past 15 years 1999-2014 the U.S. military has grown accustomed to using contractors to perform a large majority of logistical functions when executing operational-level logistics. Without budget constraints, the U.S. military has turned to contractors and their services to fulfill shortfalls in organic logistical capabilities and capacities. This overreliance on contractors has led to atrophy in the militarys logistical forces. With the Iraq war done and the Afghanistan war ending, the U.S. military is downsizing. A smaller military will further restrict what objectives our logistics forces can accomplish. A balance must be reached to ensure logistical forces do not atrophy, while concurrently incorporating contractors when and where it makes the most sense. Future conflicts must continue to use contractors and contracted resources as force multipliers. Contractors, in conjunction with organic logistical forces, will ensure that operational-level commanders have the ability to deploy forces quickly, provide the longevity to sustain the force during protracted operations, and afford the operational reach to prevent culmination due to inadequate logistics.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE