Forces and Logistics

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The Forces and Logistics Program analyzes how advances in technology, management practices, and organizational theory can be applied to Army organizations to improve operational effectiveness in current and future conflicts against adaptive adversaries, enhance logistical support to Army units, continually improve efficiency, and ensure technical and logistical readiness. The program is directed by Bruce Held.

Investigators working on Forces and Logistics projects are drawn from across RAND, and bring a diverse range of professional and educational experiences and cultural background to its work.

Sponsors of Forces and Logistics Research

Senior Army Leaders sponsor each study, designed to help answer top Army policy questions. Frequent sponsors include the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, the Army Deputy Chiefs of Staff, G-2, G-3, G-4, G-6, and G-8; the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology; and major Army commands such as the U.S. Army Materiel Command and the U.S. Army Forces Command.

More recently, the program has been supporting such operational commands as the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), U.S. Army Cyber Command, I Corps, XVIII Airborne Corps, and the 82nd Airborne Division with research and analysis.

Research Streams

The program sustains research streams in eight policy domains (below). Within these streams, the program provides expertise and analysis developed over many years of focused and sustained research, as well as short-term, quick-response support on critical issues.

Understanding Past, Current, and Possible Future Army Operations

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Building a Strategy for Cyber Support to Corps and Below
  • Analytic Support to the QDR Office: Assessing Close Support Capabilities and Needs for Future Conflicts
  • Army Support of Joint Air Operations from Cluster Bases
  • Assessing the Speed of Change
  • Concept Options for Land-Based Operations in the Asia-Pacific
  • Defining the Capacity and Capability to Seize and Secure WMD
  • Enabling the Global Response Force to Meet Future Needs
  • Metrics for Locally Focused Stability Operations
  • The Role of Ultralight Tactical Mobility in Army Operations
  • Strategic Framework for Army Capabilities and Capacity

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Understanding and Improving Cyber and Network Capabilities

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Battlefield Cyber
  • Building and Operationalizing the Cyber Mission Force
  • Evaluation of Army Wideband Satellite Communications Bandwidth Needs
  • Mission Command Readiness
  • Structuring Open Source Intelligence in the US Army

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Improving Army Acquisition and Modernization

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Analytic Support to the Ground Combat Vehicle Program
  • Army System Safety Engineering Review
  • Combat Vehicle Modernization for the Mid-Term (FY19–27)
  • Systems Engineering Support to PM Biometrics

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Assessing and Applying Technology to Army Combat and Support Operations

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Autonomous Multi-INT Sensor Cueing
  • Defining Biometric Gold Standard Test Data
  • Interfacing Agent-Based Simulation Tools with High-Resolution Network Models
  • Rest-of-World Armies Comparison: Mission Command

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Improving Army Supply Chain Operations

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Identifying Dormant and Long Supply Inventory
  • Stock Positioning
  • Transition of Program Manager (PM)–Owned Inventory to Sustainment Phase

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Maintaining and Managing Army Equipment

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Designing an Alternative an Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) Distribution System
  • Managing OCIE Inventory Drawdown
  • Implementation of Automated Quality Monitoring Tools
  • Potential to Reduce the Use of Army’s Non-Tactical Vehicles

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Improving Army Capabilities to Deploy and Sustain in Operational Theaters

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS): Setting the Theaters for a Broad Spectrum of Future Contingencies
  • Assessment of AC/RC Mix for Logistics Force Structure
  • Examining the Use of Theater Provided Equipment in Future Contingencies: Policies, Processes, and Trade-Offs
  • Quality of Life for Contingency Bases
  • Strategies and Tools for Managing Retrograde from Afghanistan
  • Supporting the Implementation and Execution of the Army’s Operational Energy Campaign
  • Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) Supply Support Activity (SSA) PerformanceMetrics
  • Managing Theater Inventories During OEF Drawdown
  • Metrics and Analysis to Support Fielding of Global Combat Support System(GCSS)–Army (GCSS-A)

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Ensuring Technical and Logistics Readiness

Ongoing and Recent Projects

  • Improved Empirical Methods of Forecasting Second Destination Transportation (SDT) Budget Requirements
  • Supporting the Implementation and Execution of the Department of the Army's Emerging Concepts for "Seeing Equipment Readiness"

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For more about a particular research stream, contact Bruce Held, Director, Forces and Logistics Program.