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Operational Logistics The Art and Science of Sustaining Military Operations

ISBN-10: 1402070845

ISBN-13: 9781402070846

Edition: 2002

Authors: Moshe Kress

List price: $229.00
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Operational Logistics: The Art and Science of Sustaining Military Operations explores military logistics in terms of the theoretical foundations of operational logistics (OpLog) and its applications. The theoretical foundations are examined with regard to two dimensions. First, the artistic or qualitative aspects of contemporary logistics are looked at in the context of the operational level of war. These OpLog aspects include principles, imperatives and tenets, which are stated and analyzed. The second dimension relates to the scientific aspects of logistics. It is manifested by a formal network model that represents the structural and operational features of an OpLog system. Hence the book examines both artistic and scientific dimensions of military logistics and integrates the respective qualitative and quantitative aspects into a unified and definitive presentation of operational logistics. The book is intended for logisticians, commanders and military scholars. Operations-research analysts, who are interested in large-scale logistics systems, may also find interest in the book, in particular in the models that are presented in the last four chapters. Chapter 1 presents a general introduction to military logistics. Chapter 2 discusses the general structure and characteristics of logistics and describes its three levels - strategic, operational and tactical. Chapter 3 focuses on Operational Logistics (OpLog). Chapter 4 deals with the logistics planning process. Chapter 5 addresses the issue of logistics information. Chapter 6 deals with forecasting logistics demands. Chapter 7 introduces the first version of the logistics network model. Chapter 8 addresses an important property of an OpLog system - Flexibility. Chapter 9 discusses two major (and dual) issues in OpLog practice: force accumulation and medical treatment and evacuation. Chapter 10 presents an inter-temporal network optimization model that is designed to determine deployment and employment of the support chain in an OpLog system.
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Book details

List price: $229.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 6/30/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 247
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The Essence of Logistics
What is Logistics?
War as a Production System
Logistics-A Definition
Art or Science?
The Three Logistics Options
Summary
Structure, Terminology and Analytic Tools
The Three Levels of Logistics
Strategic Logistics
Tactical Logistics
Basic Operational Logistics Terms
Models and Analytic Tools
Summary
The Foundation of Operational Logistics
The Operational Level
Defining Operational Logistics
Characterization and General Features
Operational Logistics and Operational Art
The Content of OpLog
The Principles of OpLog
Summary
The Planning Process
The Nature of OpLog Planning
Planning at the Strategic and Tactical Levels
Logistic Responsiveness in Operations
Planning Logistics in an Operation
Summary
Logistic Information
The Information Needed by the Operational Logistician
The Structure of the Logistic Information Network
The Flow in the Logistic Information Network
Standard vs. Ad-Hoc Information
Total vs. Efficient Information
Data, Information and Decision-Making
Summary
Forecasting Logistic Demands
Forecasting Demand at the Three Levels of Logistics
Forecasts as Input to Logistics Planning
The Factors that Affect Uncertainty
A Framework for Logistics Forecasting System
Summary
The Visual Network Model
Network Models
The Logistics Network Model
The Visual Network (VN) Model
Structural and Operational Properties
Summary
Flexibility in Operational Logistics
The Facets of Flexibility
Flexibility in Military Operations
The Need for Flexibility in Logistics
Defining Logistics Flexibility
Summary
Two Critical Processes in Operational Logistics
Force Accumulation
Medical Treatment and Evacuation
Summary
Optimizing the Logistics Network
The Decision Problems
Logistics Inter-Temporal Network Optimization Model
The Optimization Problem
The Linear Programming Model
Summary
Index