Accelerated Logistics: Streamlining the Army's Supply Chain by Mark Y.D. Wang

By Mark Y.D. Wang

In June 1998, U.S. vp Al Gore and the nationwide Partnership for Reinventing executive provided a staff of U.S. military logisticians and RAND analysts the Hammer Award in popularity of an exceptional accomplishment: streamlining military logistics. for many years, the functionality of military logistics fell gradually in the back of top advertisement practices. military mechanics may wait on commonplace a month for spare elements from far-off offer depots that allows you to fix a down weapon process. this day a high-velocity, streamlined military offer procedure can provide spare elements in part the time it took to bring them simply three years past. in truth, nowadays it acutally takes much less time to get a spare half from a military provide depot than from a advertisement seller.

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American military leaders understood that improved firepower, and especially the rate and accuracy of individual arms, but also metallic cartridges, breech-loading can55 Jay Luvaas, The Military Legacy of the Civil War: The European Inheritance (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1988). 56 T. H. E. Travers, ‘‘Technology, Tactics, and Morale: Jean de Bloch, the Boer War, and British Military Theory, 1900–1914,’’ Journal of Modern History 51 (1979): 276, 284–285. In an essay written in 1903, Henderson complained that the British army had no institutional means to collect and analyze battlefield experience.

Rear Adm. William A. Moffett’s preference for the use of airships. In contrast, the Army—not operating with an analogous set of organizations and patterns of interaction— was unable to identify and exploit the potential operational adJames Madison, ‘‘Number 51,’’ The Federalist Papers (New York: Mentor Book, 1961), 322. 30 John Rader Platt, The Step to Man (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1970), 109– 110. 31 Thomas C. Hone, Norman Friedman, and Mark D. Mandeles, American and British Aircraft Carrier Development, 1919–1941 (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1999).

65 Many of the professional military critiques of Bloch’s work emphasized that morale could overcome modern arms. In 1910 Lt. Gen. Ian Hamilton wrote: Blindness to moral forces and worship of material forces inevitably lead in war to destruction. All that exaggerated reliance placed upon chassepots and mitrailleuses by France before ’70; all that trash written by M[onsieur] Bloch before 1904 Travers, ‘‘Technology, Tactics, and Morale,’’ 276, 284–285; Travers, The Killing Ground. 63 Ardant du Picq, Battle Studies: Ancient and Modern Battle (Harrisburg, PA: Military Service Publishing, 1947), 118–131.

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