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’

Call for submissions – Creating the ‘Future Logistician’

Next month the Future Logistician series of posts begins. The first will be posted on the 8th of May, on a variety of topics relevant to the preparing the right logisticians, military and civilian, for their future appointments – especially at the operational and strategic levels of their organisations. Posts already received include commentary on the structure of education, the development of commercial acumen, and the balance between Service and Joint training among others.

There is always time to contribute to the community of logistic professionals and interested readers, and if you can’t make the deadline but wish to write please send a message and we’ll propose alternatives. If you are short of ideas, have a read of the ADF’s Strategic J4’s reframing of the problem in the post ‘Future Logistician: Framing a New Approach’.

Logistics In War

“Transforming those force projection and sustainment processes cannot be done without competent and dedicated military and civil service logisticians to manage the changes and the processes. DoD must help them develop the new skill sets in performance-based service contracting and contract oversight, change management, knowledge management, and financial resource management, and the new technical skills that the new process designs require.  They will continue to need the operational logistics skills developed and honed through the last several decades of experience in campaign support. Much of what this book discusses demands leadership skills—the ability to inspire colleagues, contractors, and customers to continuously improve their processes. It’s a tall order.”

– General William G.T. Tuttle Jr., US Army (ret.), 2005[1]

After one’s career as a military logistician, particularly for those few who might reach the highest echelons of the military such as General Tuttle, most will have traversed a path that…

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Calculations and the loss of logistics

By David Beaumont. Recently the US Army introduced an internet site reinvigorating the idea of the ‘extended battlefield’ as envisioned by TRADOC in the last decade of the Cold War. In reading General Starry’s 1981 Military Review article on offer at the site, conspicuously linked to the ‘Multi-Domain Battle’ concept, the description of ‘deep attack’… Continue reading Calculations and the loss of logistics

Future Logistician – framing a new approach

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… Continue reading Future Logistician – framing a new approach

Call for submissions – Creating the ‘Future Logistician’

“Transforming those force projection and sustainment processes cannot be done without competent and dedicated military and civil service logisticians to manage the changes and the processes. DoD must help them develop the new skill sets in performance-based service contracting and contract oversight, change management, knowledge management, and financial resource management, and the new technical skills… Continue reading Call for submissions – Creating the ‘Future Logistician’

Leading small-team logistics

By Chris Paparone. Steven Menschelyi recently described in a great article how armies can manage combat service support units best if it sees them as they really are: a collection of mission-focused teams. As a CSS Bn Cdr, I came up with a management scheme to organize around small teams instead of platoons or companies.… Continue reading Leading small-team logistics

Thinking small – the importance of small-team logistic operations

By Steven Mencshelyi Orchestrating the efforts of small combat elements operating in tactical environments which require dispersal and disaggregation is difficult. It’s probably going to get even more difficult to orchestrate combat elements, and maintain tempo, when we start considering urban combat and fighting in environments that naturally separate forces from one another. Logisticians need… Continue reading Thinking small – the importance of small-team logistic operations

Sustaining ‘Multi-Domain Battle’: Part Two – combat and modular logistic forces

By David Beaumont. Success in war has always demanded forces that are adaptable, and sustaining the type of operations being considered under the rubric of Multi-Domain Battle will require no different. Most logisticians will be well-familiar with the idea of ‘modularisation’ as a way in which logistic forces can be organised with adaption in mind.… Continue reading Sustaining ‘Multi-Domain Battle’: Part Two – combat and modular logistic forces

Trust, discipline and accepting risk – the principles and art of sustaining decisive action

By David Beaumont. Joe Byerly's 'From the Green Notebook' (a WordPress blog, with a Facebook site) is conducting a series-based 'Decisive Action week'. The posts are describing the ways in which armies prepare themselves for operations and exercises. It was opened earlier this week with a comment from CG TRADOC, US Army, which is well… Continue reading Trust, discipline and accepting risk – the principles and art of sustaining decisive action

Survive first, sustain later: exercising dispersed logistics in the close fight

By Mark Baldock A logistics element not capable of surviving and operating in a threat environment is a battlefield liability. Armies knew long before ‘multi-domain battle’ was developed that logistic capabilities are easy to identify, target and destroy. They are the soft underbelly of a fighting formation, and if a formations organic logistic elements are… Continue reading Survive first, sustain later: exercising dispersed logistics in the close fight