News 1998 Army Science and Technology Master Plan



Annex G
Logistics

A. Looking To The Future

The mobility, deployability, and sustainability essential to the Army of 2010, as well as the Army After Next (AAN) cannot be achieved without a revolutionary change in support concepts. The Army’s Revolution in Military Logistics (RML) will be an integral part of the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA). It is the document to transform logistics into a global, distribution–based logistics system that substitutes logistics velocity for logistics mass, taking maximum advantage of technological breakthroughs. The Army Strategic Logistics Plan (ASLP) is the Army’s roadmap to achieve the RML vision. Technology will be leveraged to fuse new organizational constructs, concepts, transportation, information, and logistics systems, fundamentally reshaping the way forces are projected and sustained. Investment in technologies will reduce logistics’ operational encumberments that directly impede the capability to support the warfighters’ prosecution of the battle.

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The revolution in logistics requires one to view logistics requirements in a new perspective. Gone are the days when brute force and the sheer mass of materiel and numbers of soldiers can be counted on to overcome any mobilization, deployment, sustainment, or maintenance situation. Not only has the U.S. Army undergone a 36 percent reduction in uniformed personnel and expects a 42 percent reduction by FY03 in civilian personnel, but other services have also undergone similar downsizing. These reductions have had a correspondingly direct impact on the numbers and types of combat equipment that can be used to mobilize, deploy, sustain, and maintain the Army. While the number and types of global missions that the Army is being tasked to support have grown by 300 percent, the basing of the Army’s assets within the continental United States has grown from 58 percent to 75 percent. If we are to obtain an AAN that is a viable fighting force on the battlefield of the future, we must also obtain a commensurate logistics capability. With the realities of reduced personnel and other assets we must focus our logistics support.

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