Transportation Security Through Logistics Transformation

This chapter on achieving transportation security through logistics transformation is from a textbook that presents an interdisciplinary approach to the issue of global preparedness from a transportation perspective. The authors focus on the complex issues involving the relationship between transportation security and a nation's physical and economic security. Topics include the interplay between enhanced productivity and economic security, the impact of logistics transformation on security, the use of dual outcomes scenarios, logistics transformation in the defense arena, and the correlation between logistics transformation, transportation security, and national security. The authors describe how the RFID (radio frequency identification) technology that was initially introduced as bar coding in retail activities has subsequently evolved into the more recent application to container identification and tracking. They use their experiences in providing security to a European port to outline the challenges faced by the port community in integrating new technology into the existing, often older, workforce. In modern logistics operations, multiple functions are automated and integrated at a much higher level than that which the workforce has been accustomed to using. International sharing of logistics information has been automated to a level not previously seen in the global military and police forces. A final section addresses the important application of logistics transformation in reducing the burdens of defense spending, particularly in the areas of stability operations and humanitarian and disaster relief. This approach enables a systems engineering approach that can use the Internet to process military orders for material; can produce financial reconciliations and fiduciary controls; can develop a robust modeling and simulation capacity; can support front-end engineering so as to improvement reliability and consumption efficiency; and that can implement international supply-chain processes. Thus, the authors use the term logistics transformation to include both the changes in processes and logistics considerations in their development phases, but also the application of logistics technology to broader operational areas.

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  • Authors:
    • Nemfakos, Charles P
    • James, Sarah R
  • Publication Date: 2008


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 15-34
  • Monograph Title: Transportation Security

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  • Accession Number: 01147250
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780750685498
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 15 2009 10:15AM