Huston’s sixteen principles: assessing operational performance during Op Desert Storm

By Chris Paparone. This article is interesting not only for its historical value, but in the way Chris Paparone utilised the sixteen principles of logistics derived from the classic American history of Army logistics, Dr James Huston's The Sinews of War: Army Logistics 1775-1953. The book was written soon after the conclusion of the Korean War… Continue reading Huston’s sixteen principles: assessing operational performance during Op Desert Storm

Problems with preparedness – why we always seem logistically unprepared for war

By David Beaumont. ‘Logistics readiness’ is at the heart of military preparations for the unforeseen, especially for those militaries who consider themselves to be ‘expeditionary’ in nature. The six characteristics of logistics readiness – mutual understanding between commanders and their logisticians, the balance between logistics and combat resources and elements, logistics plans and policies, logistics… Continue reading Problems with preparedness – why we always seem logistically unprepared for war

Speed, distance and adaptive distribution – the rise of the logistics UAV

By Jason Sibley. The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) continues to become more common.  We are all familiar with the military use of UAV’s, and their indispensable role  in performing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, command and control nodes, force protection and ordnance delivery without the need for the deployment of troops on… Continue reading Speed, distance and adaptive distribution – the rise of the logistics UAV

‘Cunctator’ Part Three: the war feeds itself – civil logistics and modern-age siege warfare

By Erik A. Claessen. In June, 2017 Yisrael Katz, the Israeli Minister of Transport released a video that presented a plan to create an artificial island off the Gaza Strip. The proposal calls for the construction of a seaport as well as facilities to generate potable water and electricity on an artificial island connected to… Continue reading ‘Cunctator’ Part Three: the war feeds itself – civil logistics and modern-age siege warfare

While you were on exercise …. articles you may have missed

By Editor. Over the last two months a significant proportion of the readership participated in Exercise Talisman Sabre; a biennial exercise which saw the ADF, US forces from PACOM and elsewhere, NZDF and other participants engage in a significant certification of operational capability. Although the exercise may have concluded, many logisticians are still at work… Continue reading While you were on exercise …. articles you may have missed

Technology and what lies beneath – the full cost of modernisation

By David Beaumont. You needn’t venture far to find an article or military concept which in some way promotes technology and capability modernisation as a means of addressing the next, albeit hypothesised, battlefield challenge. Great advances in robotics and automation, information and communication systems, weaponry and the introduction of innovative technologies such as unmanned aerial… Continue reading Technology and what lies beneath – the full cost of modernisation

Intellectual irrelevance and the ownership of military logistics

By David Beaumont. This post is an update of a popular post from the #LIWArchives. The professionalisation of logisticians is a topic that has once again emerged, as strategic-level organisations in a number of different militaries seek to improve, and ‘intellectualise’, military logistics.  The desire for ‘intellectualisation’ appeals to one of the three pillars of… Continue reading Intellectual irrelevance and the ownership of military logistics

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