Chapter 13

Designing for Resilience

Adaptive Logistics Network Concepts

Our wars have not been one size fits all, and neither have our logistics. We need to remain flexible in planning for future logistics…We need to sense, anticipate, respond, and do logistics better.

—General Paul Kern, commanding general, Army Materiel Command

Lean operations create brittleness in supply chains. With no redundancy to fall back on, operations can shut down quickly once a disruption takes place. Hence, a tight supply chain, by itself, may be an indication of danger…

—Yossi Sheffi, professor of engineering systems, MIT, from The Resilient Enterprise

resilient (definition) adj. 1. Springing back to a former shape or position; elastic. 2. Capable of rebounding ...

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