Chapter 8

Reverse Logistics Stage

Retrograde

During OIF [Operation Iraqi Freedom], retrograde either was not specifically planned or became forgotten in the “fog of war”…From a logistics planning point of view, retrograde should be an integral part of the logistics process.

—Joint Staff report, “Objective Assessment of Logistics in Iraq”

In spite of over a decade of investments in asset visibility technology, the DoD still struggles with asset visibility at the tactical level and the overall retrograde process.

—Lou Kratz, assistant deputy under secretary for logistics plans and programs, DoD

Figure 21. Reverse Logistics Stage.

The reverse ...

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