Accelerated Logistics: Streamlining the Army's Supply Chain

Accelerated Logistics: Streamlining the Army's Supply Chain

by Mark Wang, James A. Champy
     
 

In June 1998, U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the National Partnership for Reinventing Government presented a team of U.S. Army logisticians and RAND analysts the Hammer Award in recognition of a great accomplishment: streamlining army logistics. For decades, the performance of army logistics fell progressively behind best commercial practices. Army mechanics

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In June 1998, U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the National Partnership for Reinventing Government presented a team of U.S. Army logisticians and RAND analysts the Hammer Award in recognition of a great accomplishment: streamlining army logistics. For decades, the performance of army logistics fell progressively behind best commercial practices. Army mechanics would wait on average a month for spare parts from distant supply depots in order to repair a down weapon system. Today a high-velocity, streamlined army supply process delivers spare parts in half the time it took to deliver them just 3 years earlier. In fact, these days it acutally takes less time to get a spare part from an army supply depot than from a commercial vendor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780833027856
Publisher:
RAND Corporation
Publication date:
06/05/2000
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.21(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

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Accelerated Logistics

Streamlining the Army Supply Chain
By Mark Y.D. Wang James A. Champy

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Preface

Started in 1995, the Army's Velocity Management (VM) initiative sought to improve the responsiveness, reliability, and efficiency of the Army's then outdated logistics system. Through the implementation of a simple yet powerful process improvement methodology, the Army has dramatically streamlined its supply process, cutting order and ship times for repair parts by nearly two-thirds nationwide and by over 75 percent at several major installations.

This report tells the story of this remarkable accomplishment. It should be of interest not only to military logisticians, but also to corporations across a wide variety of industries whose survival depends upon their supply chains delivering a sustainable competitive advantage.

On March 19, 1999, this report was presented to Dr. Bernard Rostker, Under Secretary of the Army, and General John Coburn, then Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and currently the Commanding General of Army Materiel Command.

The research was conducted in the Military Logistics Program of the RAND Arroyo Center, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the United States Army. VM research at RAND is sponsored by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (DCSLOG), Department of the Army. Commanding General U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command (CG CASCOM) is designated by the DCSLOG theExecutive Agent for the implementation of the Army's VM initiative.

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