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

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Understanding and Improving Cyber and Network Capabilities

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Improving Army Acquisition and Modernization

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Assessing and Applying Technology to Army Combat and Support Operations

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Improving Army Supply Chain Operations

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Maintaining and Managing Army Equipment

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Improving Army Capabilities to Deploy and Sustain in Operational Theaters

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Ensuring Technical and Logistics Readiness

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