By James Davis The logistic implications of Multi Domain Battle might be a du jour topic, but it is a distraction for a small Army. The challenges envisaged by Multi Domain Battle are not unique and aspects will feature in any operation conducted in the future by Western militaries. Persistent, pervasive surveillance and continuous exposure… Continue reading No silver bullets – enhancing the logistic forces of a small Army
By Steve Cornell ‘My logisticians are a humorless lot ... they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay.’ - attributed to Alexander the Great Logisticians can be a misunderstood lot, which is probably why – if you believe the authenticity of the quote - Alexander the Great was so… Continue reading Establishing an ‘unequal dialogue’ between the logistician and the commander
By James Davis You may have seen exerts of this post in the comments to previous articles, or at James Davis's personal blog 'The Armchair Colonel'. This post, reflecting a succinct list of change activities required within the Australian Army, is an edited version of a response made to 'Sustaining the multi-domain battle'. Whilst not… Continue reading A Response to ‘Logistics in War’ – Sustaining the multi-domain battle
By David Beaumont. In ‘Sustaining multi-domain battle’ I articulated a number of challenges that land-force military logisticians must address in developing their sustainment concepts for multi-domain battle. Some may not yet be persuaded that the idea of multi-domain battle is conceptually unique, or that it is a fundamental change from tactics demonstrated in wars now… Continue reading The cost of combat power – weapons, weight and sustainment in the multi-domain land battle
‘Multi-domain battle’ is the topic of the moment amongst land force (Army and Marine) concept writers in a number of Western armies. ‘Multi-domain battle’ is an evolution of joint warfare which exploits the capacity of domain ‘owners’ (land, sea, air and now space and cyber) to synchronise their operations. However, multi-domain battle has also emerged… Continue reading Sustaining the multi-domain battle
Logistics has emerged from a decade-long hiatus to reassert its relevance. As Western militaries turn their attention from operations with a generally consistent logistic tempo, to strategic challenges that necessitate a substantial shift in force posture, logisticians are confronting a multitude of problems. We are seeing these problems emerge out of recent exercises conducted by… Continue reading Fighting in the void – combat operations in the logistic vacuum
Joe Byerly, in an excellent post at his blog ‘From the Green Notebook’ which was recently recirculated, reminds us of the importance of continual reading. He promotes 20-30 minutes of reading in a day (or night) as part of a ‘consistent practice of self-study’. Reading about logistics, the difficulties encountered in sustaining and moving armies,… Continue reading 20-30 minutes of reading about logistics? Seriously?
Observations made of logistic performance in military campaigns always subjective. Wars are inherently different, and is logistics in contextual, so too must be the means by which combat forces are sustained. Yet logistical requirements also change, frequently, with the operational timings and 'phases' of a campaign. Of the various stages of an operation, there is… Continue reading Operations Warden, Enduring and Iraqi Freedom – deployment and employment and the gaps in capability
At the end of 2016 the Chief of the Australian Army, through conversations with senior logisticians, asked the logistic community to rethink assumptions made about logistics. This challenge, a part of other force structure reforms in Army, formed the basis of a variety of presentations and discussions at the subsequent ‘Army Logistics Leaders Symposium’ held… Continue reading Rethinking logistics – challenges of the modern battlefield
'Never make a specialist of the logistician … ' - Duncan Ballantine, 1947 As an opening piece to this blog, I thought it might be useful to be somewhat self-reflective. I initially sought to outline my views on what I see to be an ‘over-specialisation’ of military logisticians and the all-too common practice of labelling them 'enablers' by… Continue reading I, Logistician …..