Log symposium spotlights log transformation progress – News

Log symposium spotlights log transformation progress – News – 2003 Logistics Transformation Symposium and Exposition

“We cannot continue to conduct business with service-centric, stovepiped systems.” With those words, Major General Terry E. Juskowiak noted that the emphasis of future warfighting will be on joint operations and multinational coalitions.

General Juskowiak, Commander of the Army Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia, was speaking at the 2003 Logistics Transformation Symposium and Exposition, held in Richmond, Virginia, in April. The theme of the symposium, sponsored by the Association of the United States Army, was “Sustainment: People, Readiness, Transformation.” The gathering of top logisticians provided an opportunity to review the status of Logistics Transformation and gain an early look at the Army’s performance in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

General Paul J. Kern, Commander of the Army Materiel Command, reported that the 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized), the spearhead of the Army’s dash across southern Iraq to Baghdad, had a 95-percent operational readiness level when the campaign began and sustained that level to the Iraqi capital. He attributed the success to people, readiness, and Army transformation.

Major General Ann E. Dunwoody, Commander of the Military Traffic Management Command, cited the influence of sealift and improved port infrastructure in Iraqi Freedom’s success. Sealift vessels were able to move 15 million square feet of cargo into the theater from 9 ports in only 60 days. That compares to moving 3.3 million square feet of cargo from 20 ports over 6 months in Operation Desert Shield. Major General Robert T. Dail, Commander of the Army Transportation Center, also noted the importance of transportation, in particular the new theater support vessel.

According to Michael W. Wynne, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Iraqi Freedom demonstrated the Army’s shift from an emphasis on mass to an emphasis on velocity. This shift is being dictated by the Information Age: “Warfare now moves at the speed of information.”

General Juskowiak observed that the goals of Logistics Transformation are to improve strategic mobility and deployment, reduce the sustainment footprint, and cut operating and sustainment costs. Attainment of these goals depends on technological advances: “A quantum leap in technology will make combat and logistics systems more agile, lethal, and sustainable.” Secretary Wynne also noted the key role played by technological investments, pointing out that science and technology is being allotted 3 percent of the Army budget.

General Juskowiak said that the two largest items in the sustainment chain continue to be fuel and water. To reduce demand for those commodities, the Army is researching the use of hybrid electric engines and embedded water production technology in vehicles. The Future Tactical Truck System will come in two variants that will replace vehicles in the Army fleet ranging from large transporters to the high-mobility, multipurpose, wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), thereby reducing the stocks of spare parts needed to support multiple vehicle models.

In highlighting progress in logistics transformation, Secretary Wynne cautioned, “The logistics tail is still taking up space that should be going to the combat tooth.” General Juskowiak said that transformation “won’t be easy and it won’t be cheap,” but Army logistics has begun to “turn the corner.”

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