Transforming U.S. Army Logistics: A Strategic “Supply Chain” Approach for Inventory Management

September 3, 2005

Fully engaged in the Global War on Terrorism, the U.S. Army is simultaneously committed to the most ambitious and comprehensive reengineering endeavor in its history. The early intellectual stages of this effort, universally known by the ubiquitous term “Army Transformation,” clearly revealed a crucial need to transform logistics concepts, organization, technology and culture to improve strategic response, force projection and sustainment. Thus, as the organization’s thentop logistician noted, the Armywide “transformation of organizations, processes, doctrine and culture demands a corresponding transformation in sustaining those organizations.”1 Fundamentally, without a transformation in logistics there can be no Army Transformation.