DSB Task Force on Survivable Logistics Executive Summary
Defense Science Board Washington United States
The Defense Science Board DSB Task Force on Survivable Logistics was established to evaluate the current state of the U.S. militarys Joint Logistics Enterprise JLEnt, to assess high-end threats to the JLEnt from strategic competitors such as Russia and China, and to provide recommendations for securing and sustaining the JLEnt in an increasingly contested global security environment. Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has not fought an adversary capable of the catastrophic disruption of military supply chains and deployment of personnel and materiel. As a result, the JLEnt has suffered neglect and chronic underfunding relative to other DoD priorities. Simultaneously, the ability of strategic competitors to threaten the JLEnt has increased as they invest in anti-accessarea denial A2AD capabilities and gray zone tactics. Upon completion of the study, the Task Force found that survivable logistics are essential for continued U.S. power projection and readiness against strategic competitors. However, DoD logistics capabilities require renewed attention to ensure they will be able to achieve mission success in a contested environment. Without a demonstrably resilient and survivable logistics capability, U.S. deterrence will suffer and the ability of the U.S. military to operate globally will be at stake.