Underpinning asymmetric advantage: USAF airlift when strategic mobility is at risk

By Jobie Turner. The true asymmetric advantage the US military possess is the capability and capacity of its logistics.  The supply and transportation means at the disposal of the joint force have great breadth and depth.  US Transportation Command, in the assigned role as the mobility provider for war, has 1,203 aircraft and 379 ships… Continue reading Underpinning asymmetric advantage: USAF airlift when strategic mobility is at risk

Logistics and the strangling of strategy – from the LIWArchives

By David Beaumont, originally posted 22nd April 2017. Logistics has long been recognised as vital to a force, but when inefficient a constraint on that force’s freedom to manoeuvre. However, the impact of logistics on strategy is just as significant and ultimately more profound. The modern fixation on high-velocity, nominally ‘efficient’, and usually ‘globalised’ supply… Continue reading Logistics and the strangling of strategy – from the LIWArchives

Six strategic challenges – fourth generation warfare and fifth generation equipment

By Hayden Marshall. In part one and two of ‘Six strategic challenges for Defence logistics’ Air Commodore Hayden Marshall describes how digital disruption and cyber threats are likely to change Defence logistics in the future. In part three, the challenges posed by 'fourth generation warfare' and the use of 'fifth generation equipment' are discussed. As… Continue reading Six strategic challenges – fourth generation warfare and fifth generation equipment

Six strategic challenges – global logistics integration and the state of professional discourse

By Hayden Marshall. In part one of ‘Six strategic challenges for Defence logistics’ Air Commodore Hayden Marshall describes how digital disruption and cyber threats are likely to change Defence logistics in the future. In part two, the challenges of globally integrated logistics and improving professional discourse are raised. As described in part one, this article… Continue reading Six strategic challenges – global logistics integration and the state of professional discourse

Six strategic challenges for Defence logistics – Part One

By Hayden Marshall. Logistics In War is privileged to have been given permission by the author to publish a series of posts based upon a Discussion Paper written by the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Director-General Strategic Logistics, Air Commodore Hayden Marshall. You may remember his leadership insights from the post ‘Surviving your time as a… Continue reading Six strategic challenges for Defence logistics – Part One

LIW Editorial – Strategy Bridge: Reconsidering Rear Area Security

Mark Gilchrest, an Australian Army officer and Featured Contributor at The Strategy Piece makes a great point in his article 'Reconsidering Rear Area Security' - it is a mistake to think that the battle ends where the 'rear area' begins. Furthermore, in the non-linear battlefield that we believe we face in the future, planning for… Continue reading LIW Editorial – Strategy Bridge: Reconsidering Rear Area Security

Commercial acumen in the training of the ADF’s logisticians

By Editor. ‘[T]he procurement process itself is a weapon of war no less significant than the guns, the airplanes, and the rockets turned out by the arsenals of democracy.’ I.B. Holley[1] Business and corporate enterprise has always been a partner of the military in peace and war. The relationship goes beyond the development of specific… Continue reading Commercial acumen in the training of the ADF’s logisticians

The strategic logistician and professional possibility

By David Beaumont. As a participant of a recent seminar-base course designed to prepare logistics officers for appointments within strategic and joint agencies and commands in Defence, I was asked to consider what the traits and behaviours of the strategic ‘future logistician’ might be.[1]  The requirements for logisticians operating at the strategic level of defence… Continue reading The strategic logistician and professional possibility

Future Logistician – framing a new approach

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By Major General David Mulhall.

What do we need of our military logisticians in the future?  Or perhaps, what skills, attributes, experiences and education will best prepare logisticians to deliver outcomes in a Joint environment? An environment that is characterised by change; changes in war fighting concepts and capabilities, quantum leaps in our capacity to source and manipulate information, and the possibilities of artificial intelligence to improve our decision-making and management of system performance.

I had the great fortune while visiting the US last September to attend a thought-provoking presentation by the American political scientist, international relations scholar and specialist on 21st century warfare, P.W. Singer.  He posed a number challenging questions that day, but four ideas in particular resonated with me:

  • How do we prepare our logisticians to think about and develop future requirements beyond what we know currently?
  • How do we prepare our logisticians to best enable joint war-fighting in the Digital Age?
  • Our logistics enterprise needs to be relevant today and tomorrow in support of the Joint…

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