Logistics is the key element of the war-fighting supply support and this has been amply demonstrated in almost all the wars that have been fought. The evolution in logistics practices has been a continuous phenomenon and has been driving the logistics managers to ensure the required material support to sustain operations in both peace and war. The pace of transformation in military logistics has, however, been rapid in the post-Cold-War period. Also, the transformation has been influenced by corresponding changes in logistics practices of the civil sector.
A significant shift in military affairs has been due to the impact of information technology. The advancements in computer science, communications and other IT sectors have resulted in the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) globally. Since military logistics is closely linked with warfare, this RMA has to be supported by a corresponding Revolution in Military Logistics (RML). The RML includes six tenets on how the armed forces will be supported in the future. These are: seamless logistics systems, distribution-based logistics, agile infrastructure, total asset visibility, rapid force projection and adequate logistics footprint.
This book provides the trends and pointers in the contemporary logistics management in the armed forces of various countries as well as the best business practices obtaining in the civil sector logistics. It goes on to analyse the peculiarities of defence logistics management in the Indian context, the journey so far and the suggested roadmap for the coming decades. War being a national effort, it dictates a closer interaction and integration of national agencies and resources respectively, to achieve synergy in support of our combat echelons. This was amply demonstrated during OP VIJAY and OP PARAKRAM. In India, our defence forces are heavily dependent on imports for the majority of hardware and associated spares. In fact, the imported items account for almost 55 to 60% of the total inventory. The sources of supply, the maintenance infrastructure and storage depots are scattered and diverse in nature. Therefore, to maintain a high state of serviceability and operational preparedness makes it imperative to have automation in inventory management.
Also an effective communication and transportation network is the key to ensure deliverance of the right item at the right place in the right time and right quantity. Our armed forces have been in the forefront to recognise this aspect of logistics management well in time.
The book will be of interest not only to the practitioners of logistics management in the armed forces but will also provide a ready reckoner to operational commanders to have a overall view of the logistics management in a broader perspective.
Author: Gp Capt. JV Singh