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Accession Number ADA566547
Title Contracting Effects on Logistics Capabilities and Readiness.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 58p
Personal Author D. J. Ortiz
Abstract Contractors have approached a 1:1 ratio with military personnel on the modern battlefield since the Bosnia War. In 1992, contractor use was the choice of last resort, but now contractors are a viable and necessary option on the battlefield. The steady decrease in military logistics and a military cultural shift regarding contracting have created readiness and experience challenges for our future logistics leaders. The purpose of this research is to determine how private military companies became so integral to our logistics structure over the past 20 years, and how our dependence on contractor logistics impacts military readiness. The study used the elements of logistics - - distribution, supply, field services, transportation, maintenance, and general engineering services -- as measures of operational logistics performance in Operation Joint Endeavor and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The research found that contracted operational logistics since the advent of LOGCAP in 1992 has steadily decreased the use of military logistics at the operational level due to technology advances, military force caps, and overreliance. In summation, contracting with private military companies has caused capability and readiness effects on operational logistics that have created gaps in the Army's logistics structure, thus affecting how the United States Army conducts future conflicts.
Keywords Army
Army operations
Bosnia herzegovina
Case studies
Combat readiness
Contracted services
Iraqi freedom operation
Iraqi war
Joint endeavor operation
Logcap(Logistics civil augmentation program)
Logistics performance
Logistics readiness
Logistics support
Military capabilities
Military logistics
Nato forces
Operational logistics
Operational readiness
Organic logistics capabilities
Private military companies

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS. School of Advanced Military Studies.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Monograph.
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number N/A

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