Chapter 15

Multistage Supply Chain Optimization

The most difficult part of transformation is the complex task of managing the change itself.

—Antulio Echevarria II, director of research, Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, from Challenging Transformation’s Cliches

Evolutionary progress for an Army Logistics Transformation trajectory can be conceptualized along a spectrum transitioning from “legacy-reactive” to “future-anticipatory” concepts:

  • reactive, cumbersome, World War II–era mass-based, order-and-ship concept where “days of supply” is the primary metric
  • modern supply chain management incorporating velocity-based, sense-and-respond concept where “flow time” is the metric
  • adaptive and dynamic, inference-based, autonomic logistics ...

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