Chapter 4

Supply Chain Concepts

Analytical Foundation for Improving Logistics System Effectiveness

Logistics can no longer be thought about as an annex to our operations plans…It must be inherent in the plan…not a “wake-up call.”

—General Paul Kern, commanding general, Army Materiel Command

Address “root cause” rather than “source.” Root cause lies hidden beyond the source.

—Taiichi Ohno, chief engineer, Toyota Production Systems

The academic development of theory and subsequent practical implementation of supply chain management concepts in the corporate world offer valuable insight into U.S. Army logistics challenges. Two key concepts will be offered here. First, enabled by transportation planning and materiel management, logistics has ...

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