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Accession Number ADA566697
Title Net-Centric Sustainment and Operational Reach on the Modern Battlefield.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 72p
Personal Author J. A. Lust
Abstract In 1996, 'Joint Vision 2010' (JV2010) established a template for transforming the armed forces that continues to define sustainment transformation within the U.S. Army, while the publication of 'Network Centric Warfare' in 1999 provided the theoretical framework for applying the concept of information superiority within the realm of warfare. The theory of network centric warfare (NCW) arose from the study of complexity, and promised the ability to achieve JV2010's concept of 'focused logistics' by building a network of information systems and people to leverage the power of information in complex environments. While the effort to revolutionize Army sustainment has led to greater efficiency, current efforts face the problem of utilizing a lean network to support forces operating on a distributed and uncertain battlefield. Because sustainment prolongs the endurance of Army operations, this study analyzes sustainment transformation to determine if its logistics structure possesses the ability to provide effective distribution support outside of steady-state environments. The study demonstrates that the Army's current net- centric sustainment concept fails to adhere to the principles of complexity theory and lacks evidence of objective historical analysis, resulting in a logistics system that risks early culmination after transitions during major combat operations. The elimination of distribution management from the division and corps headquarters has separated the sustainment and operational systems in a way that current technology alone cannot overcome, and has coupled the brigade to the strategic distribution system.
Keywords Army
Army operations
Army sustainment
Case studies
Information systems
Iraqi war
Logistics support
Military doctrine
Network centric warfare
Network-centric sustainment
Persian gulf war
Post-desert storm era
Sustainment logistics
Sustainment transformation

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 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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