The primary purpose of the modernization of Department of Defense (DoD) logistics is to greatly enhance the responsiveness and dependability of the support to the types of military operations anticipated in the coming years. Acquisition and logistics reform is not just a long-range strategy for the DoD; it is an urgent need, and it is going to come about only as the result of a lot of hard work by acquisition and logistics teams and their partners in private industry. This paper discusses the urgency of this reform and the reasons for accelerating the revolution in both military and business affairs. Four vital and urgent priorities are identified for DoD's acquisition and logistics community over the next few years: equip the early 21st century warfighter with the right equipment to assure security; accelerate, broaden, and institutionalize acquisition reform efforts in order to optimize the limited resources allocated for the required weapon systems; modernize the logistics systems so as to improve responsiveness and dependability of the support to 21st century forces, while significantly reducing costs in the process; and transform the defense industrial base. Perhaps most essential for the transformation of the defense acquisition and logistics practices and industrial structures--in order to rapidly capture state-of-the-art technology and significantly reduce weapon systems' costs--is the need to bring about far greater civilian/military industrial integration. Since the commercial world sees logistics as an integral part of the design, development, production, and support process, the DoD must move in the same direction in order to enhance their required performance at much lower costs.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Council of Logistics Management

    2805 Butterfield Road, Suite 200
    Oak Brook, IL  United States  60523
  • Authors:
    • Gansler, J S
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  • Publication Date: 1999


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 295-301

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  • Accession Number: 00788917
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 13 2000 12:00AM