Chapter 14

Improving Effectiveness

Pushing the Logistics Performance Envelope

When conditions finally permitted maintenance operations, repair parts were not to be had…Shortages of predictably high-demand repair parts and vehicular fluids had the most lasting effect on fleet readiness…A valuable lesson learned during OIF was that “just-in-time” logistics does not work during continuous offensive operations.

—Third Infantry Division Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) After Action Report

So far, using supply chain concepts and the graphical army multistage logistics model (Figure 3 in chapter 3), several challenges and opportunities have been isolated and identified both within these stages (chapters 510) and across them (chapters 1213). However, ...

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