Tyranny of the Easy Button: Finding Balance Between Contract & Organic Logistics

By Jessica McCarthy. This article was prepared in collaboration with ‘Over The Horizon: Multi-domain operations and strategies’, a blog which asks the question, ‘what comes after the Joint and inter-agency constructs?’ A great site containing forward-thinking articles examining the character of contemporary and future warfare, it is well worth following. In this article, US Army… Continue reading Tyranny of the Easy Button: Finding Balance Between Contract & Organic Logistics

Call for authors – exercising, joint logistics and the strategic level of war

Joint operations is not a new concept, nor is joint logistics. Militaries have been integrating the resources of two or more Services, and other supporting agencies, to maximise their combat potential and operational performance since ancient times. Over the last two years there has been considerable discussion about joint warfare as Western militaries consider their… Continue reading Call for authors – exercising, joint logistics and the strategic level of war

The roots of readiness – the six logistics factors shaping strategic choice

By David Beaumont. When we think of readiness, we tend to confuse it with preparedness terms such as a ‘notice to move’. However, it is common to find that despite a unit being well within its designated 'notice' when time comes for action, the unit is constrained because of the availability of kit, a lack… Continue reading The roots of readiness – the six logistics factors shaping strategic choice

Organising logistics for Multi-Domain Battle: Making a Complex Problem Even More Complex

This article was prepared as part of a collaboration with 'Over The Horizon: Multi-domain operations and strategies', a blog which asks the question, 'what comes after the Joint and inter-agency constructs?' The article can also be found here.  If you haven't followed OTH via their main website, or on Facebook, you are missing a great… Continue reading Organising logistics for Multi-Domain Battle: Making a Complex Problem Even More Complex

‘Cunctator’ Part 2: Siege warfare and the logistics of resistance – lessons from Croatia and Iraq

By Erik A. Claessen. This post continues from ‘Cunctator’ – Logistics, hostile environments and war in cities. In 2006 – three years into Operation Iraqi Freedom – the US Army recognised: "People support the source that meets their needs."[1] This was a confirmation that people would not intuitively support a military force which liberated them from a… Continue reading ‘Cunctator’ Part 2: Siege warfare and the logistics of resistance – lessons from Croatia and Iraq

Lessons in logistic transformation and a new agenda for change

By David Beaumont. This post concludes the ‘Transforming the Australian Army’s logistics’ series, and is an abridged extract from a larger paper. Over a series of articles, I have outlined a basic history of change with respect to logistics in the Australian Army. Institutional history is not always the most interesting to read, but what… Continue reading Lessons in logistic transformation and a new agenda for change

Transforming the Australian Army’s logistics – a new expedition, and new expectations

By David Beaumont. This post continues the ‘Transforming the Australian Army’s logistics’ series, and is an abridged extract from a larger paper. The operations in East Timor are commonly seen to be a litmus test of Army’s logistic capability, and the primary reason for a second wave of logistic transformation. Operation Warden certainly gave good… Continue reading Transforming the Australian Army’s logistics – a new expedition, and new expectations

Transforming the Australian Army’s logistics – sustaining INTERFET

‘In the past the Australian armed forces have not had to invest in substantial deployable logistic capabilities. Our forces have relied upon major allies such as the US and Britain. The logistic support for INTERFET was magnificent, but sustainment was not achieved without frustration and some failures. Frankly, if the ADF is required by the… Continue reading Transforming the Australian Army’s logistics – sustaining INTERFET

‘Cunctator’ – Logistics, hostile environments and war in cities

By Erik A. Claessen. In 216 BC, a Carthaginian army, commanded by Hannibal, crossed the Alps and invaded the region now known as Italy. In a series of spectacular victories, Hannibal annihilated the Roman armed forces. Military academies worldwide still cite his victory at Cannae as the textbook example of decisive battle. However, they rarely… Continue reading ‘Cunctator’ – Logistics, hostile environments and war in cities

Transforming the Australian Army’s logistics – defending Australia in the 1980s and 1990s

By David Beaumont. This post continues the 'Transforming the Australian Army's logistics' series, and is an abridged extract from a larger paper. As much as we might like to think that militaries change because of strategic necessity and transformative concepts, they are also beholden to a variety of social, economic and institutional influences. The developmental… Continue reading Transforming the Australian Army’s logistics – defending Australia in the 1980s and 1990s