Scale stacking crate for 1:12 1:14 and 1:16 Scale modelsSeptember 9, 2018
The current budgetary environment requires that the Department of Defense (DoD) make the most efficient use of all its resources – money, personnel and time – reducing costs and improving outcomes wherever possible. According to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Mr. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon has seen some success through its Better Buying Power initiative with respect to major acquisition programs. One area where much room for improvement remains is in logistics and sustainment. With DoD spending more than $200 billion annually on goods and services, this is an area ripe for savings.
The answer is readily at hand. The private sector has spent decades reducing the costs and improving both the speed and accuracy of its logistics systems and supply chains. The poster children for this effort are firms such as Amazon and Walmart. The biggest successful commercial companies are increasingly outsourcing much of their logistics and supply chain management functions in order to focus more on their core activities. There are major global companies such as UPS, Maersk Line, C.H. Robinson and Agility that specialize in logistics and supply chain management services.
The U.S. military has made use of many of these same logistics providers to support their overseas operations. The supply lines from the United States to Iraq and Afghanistan were operated by private companies, notably APL, Maersk Line and Hapag-Lloyd. They operated either through Pakistan and Kuwait or from Europe across Russia and Central Asia to Afghanistan.