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Transforming US Army Supply Chains

Book Description

This text offers a practical approach for understanding the US Army's extremely complex global logistics system, widely acknowledged as one of the largest in the world. The focus is on inventory management policy where prescriptions are illuminated through the prism of an enterprise supply chain analysis. Although Army aviation logistics examples are emphasized throughout, the fundamental issues and potential solutions are broadly applicable to other large-scale military and industrial supply chains as well. Following a summary of recent trends for background and context, a multi-stage conceptual model of the logistics structure is presented to segment and guide the effort. This multi-stage model is used to systematically analyze major organizational components of the supply chain, diagnose structural disorders and prescribe solutions. Integration challenges are addressed using cost-benefit perspectives which incorporate supply chain objectives of efficiency, resilience, and effectiveness. The design and evaluation section proposes an "analytical architecture" consisting of four complementary modeling approaches, collectively referred to as "dynamic strategic logistics planning", to enable a coordinated, enterprise approach for Army Logistics Transformation. An organizational construct is presented for an "engine for innovation" to accelerate and sustain continual improvement for Army logistics and supply chain management - a "Center for Innovation in Logistics Systems". Finally, strategic management challenges associated with enterprise integration and transformational change are addressed: organizational design; management information and decision support systems; strategic alignment for a learning organization; and workforce considerations including human capital investment needs. The text concludes with a relevant historical vignette and closes with a summary of expected benefits.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright
  3. Contents
  4. List of Figures
  5. Preface
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Part I: Project Overview
    1. Chapter 1: Background
    2. Chapter 2: The Immediate Problem
    3. Chapter 3: Current Logistics Structure
    4. Chapter 4: Supply Chain Concepts: Analytical Foundation for Improving Logistics System Effectiveness
  8. Part II: Multistage Analysis of Systemic Challenges
    1. Chapter 5: Readiness Production Stage: Tactical Units
    2. Chapter 6: Operational Mission and Training Demand Stage
    3. Chapter 7: Retail Stage: Tactical Level
    4. Chapter 8: Reverse Logistics Stage: Retrograde
    5. Chapter 9: Wholesale Stage: National Level
    6. Chapter 10: Acquisition Stage
    7. Chapter 11: Summary
  9. Part III: Multistage Integration for Efficiency, Resilience, and Effectiveness
    1. Chapter 12: Achieving Efficiency: An Integrated Multiechelon Inventory Solution
    2. Chapter 13: Designing for Resilience: Adaptive Logistics Network Concepts
    3. Chapter 14: Improving Effectiveness: Pushing the Logistics Performance Envelope
  10. Part IV: Design and Evaluation: An “Analytical Architecture” to Guide Logistics Transformation
    1. Chapter 15: Multistage Supply Chain Optimization
    2. Chapter 16: System Dynamics Modeling and Dynamic Strategic Planning
    3. Chapter 17: Operational and Organizational Risk Evaluation
    4. Chapter 18: Logistics System Readiness and Program Development
    5. Chapter 19: Accelerating Transformation: An “Engine for Innovation”
  11. Part V: Management Concepts for Transformation
    1. Chapter 20: Organizational Redesign for Army Force Generation
    2. Chapter 21: Contributions of (Transactional) Information System Technology and (Analytical) Operations Research
    3. Chapter 22: Performance-Based Logistics and Capabilities-Based Planning for an Expeditionary Army
    4. Chapter 23: Financial Management Challenges to “Business Modernization”
    5. Chapter 24: Human Capital Investment for a Collaborative Enterprise
    6. Chapter 25: Strategic Management Concepts for a Learning Organization
    7. Chapter 26: Final Thoughts
  12. Appendix A: Acronyms
  13. Appendix B: Additional Reading
  14. Notes
  15. References