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This e-book explores the theoretical foundations and functions of army operational logistics (OpLog). OpLog thought has features: qualitative and quantitative.The qualitative part is imbedded within the thought of operational point of conflict or operational artwork. It contains ideas, imperatives and tenets, that are said and analyzed within the first few chapters. The quantitative aspect pertains to the medical features of OpLog. it really is manifested via formal community versions representing structural and operational positive factors of an OpLog procedure. The e-book examines the 2 features and integrates them right into a unified presentation. very important OpLog functions a re defined and discussed.

Chapter 1 offers a common advent to army logistics. bankruptcy 2 discusses the px;font-family: monospace;">general constitution and features of logistics and describes its 3 degrees – strategic, operational and tactical. bankruptcy three describes the basis of OpLog. bankruptcy four offers with OpLog making plans. bankruptcy five addresses the difficulty of logistic info, and bankruptcy 6 bargains with forecasting logistic calls for. Chapters 7 and eight are new additions to this moment variation. They deal with logistics features of 2 modern operational themes – insurgencies and humanitarian assistance.Chapter nine describes the 1st model of the logistic community version. bankruptcy 10 addresses an incredible OpLog attribute – Flexibility. bankruptcy eleven discusses significant demanding situations in OpLog perform: strength accumulation, 4419px; font-family: monospace;">and scientific remedy and evacuation. bankruptcy 12 offers an inter-temporal community optimization version designed to figure out deployment and employment of 3333px;font-family: monospace;">the OpLog help chain in the course of army operations.

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There are many forecasting methods that range from formal statistical models, such as linear regression and time-series, to group decision models that extract subjective assessments from subject matter experts and evaluate them methodically. Thus, logistic forecasting is fundamental for logistics decision-making. This important issue is the topic of Chap. 6. 3 Attrition Models Attrition is a major driver for logistic needs, and attrition models are a special class of warfare forecasting models that help estimate these needs.

They are: • • • • • • • Replenishing ammunition Refueling Fixing equipment Supplying rations and other personal needs Providing immediate medical aid and evacuating Treating POWs and civilian population Providing some construction and engineering services The need for these activities, and their extent, are derived from the tactical activities of the combat units at the battlefield. This correspondence between “combat cause” and “logistic effect” has significant consequences on the erratic nature of tactical logistics.

This is true in particular when economies of scale have a significant effect on cost. However, on the other hand, total dependency on foreign sources may be too risky. At times of national emergency, political or other constraints may hinder the flow of supplies from abroad thus causing severe shortfalls in logistic capabilities. To avoid such situations it is sometimes necessary to maintain local capacity to produce these resources, even if this production is not justified economically. A related tradeoff is between investments in military-oriented industries and inventories of those industries’ products.

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