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Air Force Journal of Logistics

thinking about strategy and resources

Historical vignettes: thinking about strategy and resources Robin Higham Jerome G. Peppers–educator, logistician, historian, for whom one of the most prestigious awards given at the Air Force Institute of Technology is named–observed. Military history has long ignored logistics. No one wrote about and no one remembers the original logistician. He was probably a mean but […]

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Candid voices: thinking about logistics

Candid voices: thinking about logistics James C. Rainey Defining Logistics The word logistics entered the American lexicon little more than a century ago. Since that time, professional soldiers, military historians, and military theorists have had a great deal of difficulty agreeing on its precise definition. (1) Even today, the meaning of logistics can be somewhat […]

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Operational readiness as a function of maintenance personnel skill level

Operational readiness as a function of maintenance personnel skill level Justin R. Chimka [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction Oliver, et al., identified the key logistic and operational factors associated with mission capable (MC) rates. (1) Correlation analysis was performed to identify the key factors associated with MC rates and various logistic factors (such as logistic functions and […]

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Managing Air Force depot consumables: the big picture

Managing Air Force depot consumables: the big picture – Logistics Support Kevin Gaudette Consumable-item management in Air Force depots has evolved over the years, very dramatically in the last 5. The exclusive use of the economic order quantity (EOQ) model, for both leveling and ordering, has given way to more frequent ordering and, recently, to […]

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the German management system, especially in terms of the technological industry, was a complex and convoluted bureaucratic nightmare

From first to “wurst”: the erosion and implosion of German technology during WWII: the German management system, especially in terms of the technological industry, was a complex and convoluted bureaucratic nightmare Charles A. Pryor, III In the Beginning At the outset of the German buildup for World War II, the Germans were, arguably, the most […]

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Oil logistics: in the Pacific war

Oil logistics: in the Pacific war Patrick H. Donovan The Japanese were not the first to ignore the importance and vulnerability of logistics. As long ago as 1187, history shows that logistics played a key part in the Muslim’s victory over the Crusaders at the Battle of Hittin. The Muslim commander Saladin captured the only […]

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although the Department of Defense has made great strides in improving the visibility of its cargo and equipment since the days of Operation Desert Storm, the DoD continues to struggle with providing efficient and effective intransit visibility to the warfighters

Contemporary issues: comparing EPR Supply-Chain Management Solutions: although the Department of Defense has made great strides in improving the visibility of its cargo and equipment since the days of Operation Desert Storm, the DoD continues to struggle with providing efficient and effective intransit visibility to the warfighters Patrick S. Holland In “Comparing EPR Supply-Chain Management […]

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the operations group, maintenance group, mission support group, and medical group. Transformation is likely to continue, and organizations will likely continue to evolve to support changing mission requirements within current resource constraints

Logistics history: the new wing structure consists of four groups: the operations group, maintenance group, mission support group, and medical group. Transformation is likely to continue, and organizations will likely continue to evolve to support changing mission requirements within current resource constraints David George Maintenance Organization: A Historical Perspective As the Air Force has evolved, […]

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Maintenance Support Strategies

Maintenance Support Strategies Peter J. Dye Geostrategic, economic, and technological changes will make support of air operations, both at home and oversaes, increasingly dependent on the flexibility and responsiveness of the military logistic organization. This requires the creation of a highly integrated and agile support chain with global reach. Military aviation maintenance support strategies are […]

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Logistics history: lessons for transforming logistics

Logistics history: lessons for transforming logistics The issue of technology is becoming the forefront of American procurement and acquisition issues. As the Germans did in 1935, America now enjoys a technological superiority over friend and foe alike. At the present, there is no match for American technological know-how and application. Yet, this technology is only […]