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Transforming US Army Supply Chains by Greg Parlier

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Chapter 7

Retail Stage

Tactical Level

As we create, define, and redefine future warfighting doctrine, we must develop options—not mandates—for creating flexible logistics for quick response to a changing operational environment. We have a tendency to come up with a rule—five days of supply, 14 days of supply, whatever the number of days of supply—frequently with little bearing on the facts, just to set parameters that fill carts…We cannot afford to plan for future logistics by segmenting the logistics planning from the overall operations planning…Customized packaging based on actual and operational needs enables responsiveness to future challenges.

—General Paul Kern, commanding general, Army Materiel Command

Figure 19. Retail Stage.

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