Burning incense at a new altar – a year of ‘Logistics In War’

By David Beaumont. Thank you for your patronage of Logistics In War and the interest given to the works of authors who have invested personal time and effort to write about a subject of profound importance to military readiness and operational performance. The engagement achieved across a wide variety of logistics issues, told from the… Continue reading Burning incense at a new altar – a year of ‘Logistics In War’

The realities of logistics and strategic leadership: lessons from the ADF’s senior-most logisticians

By David Beaumont. Through the course of 2017, and because of my academic research, I have been extremely fortunate to interview a range of senior military officers and public servants. These officials were responsible for key decisions with respect to the transformation of logistics as it applied to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the… Continue reading The realities of logistics and strategic leadership: lessons from the ADF’s senior-most logisticians

The future of strategic mobility by air – reconciling expectations with the capacity to deliver

By Jobie Turner. In my earlier post, I argued that the expectations being placed upon air power to deliver strategic mobility outweigh its capacity to operationally deliver. Yet air transportation will remain an essential way of sustaining combat forces in the future battlefield; a necessary way if the future battlefield will be as dispersed and… Continue reading The future of strategic mobility by air – reconciling expectations with the capacity to deliver

The Australian Defence Force and industry support to operations – is it time for a new ‘national support agenda’?

By David Beaumont. In 2016, the Australian Government released its 2016 Defence White Paper and the supplemental Defence Industry Policy Statement. Industry Statements signify Government intent to Australian Defence industry, and like strategic policy, combine hyperbole with requirements for change. In this case Government – in extolling the self-evident nature of industry as a ‘fundamental… Continue reading The Australian Defence Force and industry support to operations – is it time for a new ‘national support agenda’?

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