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

Transforming the Australian Army’s logistics

By David Beaumont. Some may recall from earlier posts on 'Logistics In War' that in late 2016, the Chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, challenged the senior logisticians of the Australian Army to 'revolutionise' Army's logistics. This was not because sustainment operations were not successfully happening, nor was it a condemnation of… Continue reading Transforming the Australian Army’s logistics

Learning and training to get it right – what environment are we preparing Army logisticians for?

By Michael Lane. It has been said that origins of modern logistics were adopted from the military. This implies that at some point in time military logisticians were the leaders in logistics thinking and by extension logistics training. However, where the military were once logistics thought leaders it can be argued that this is no… Continue reading Learning and training to get it right – what environment are we preparing Army logisticians for?

The ‘Headquarters Snowball’

By David Beaumont. The scale of logistics and the size of headquarters are routinely considered alongside one another because of the belief that smaller headquarters and logistics forces means more combat troops and, more importantly, efficient processes. This can be seen at the organisational level; most militaries have experienced periods of reform where efficiency-seeking impacts… Continue reading The ‘Headquarters Snowball’