Combat Service Support Transformation

Emerging Strategies for Making the Power Projection Army a Reality

by Eric Peltz, John Halliday, Steven Hartman


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The Army has embarked on a transformation effort to make rapid, decisive power projection capabilities a reality. Transforming CSS is essential if this transformation is to be a success. This briefing (1) describes the five strategies the CSS community is applying to reach the CSS transformation power projection goals of reduced footprint and faster deployment times; (2) presents metrics for assessing progress toward these goals; (3) uses these metrics to evaluate the effect of CSS initiatives executed to date; and (4) reviews the initiatives that have been identified as necessary to employ the identified strategies. The five strategies are: spartan support in maneuver units, the use of distribution-based logistics, improved deployment capabilities, forward positioning, and demand reduction. Spartan support, distribution-based logistics, and demand reduction concepts have been applied to Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) and division designs, producing cuts of about 50 percent in SBCT footprint and deployment times, as well as smaller cuts at the division level. The authors note, however, that these designs are still being refined; some of the requirements that will enable spartan support and distribution-based logistics to provide the intended operational capabilities are still being fully developed, resourced, and implemented.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    CSS Transformation: Making the Power Projection Army a Reality

  • Chapter Two

    CSS Transformation Goals and Measurement

  • Chapter Three

    Strategies for Achieving CSS Transformation

  • Appendix

    Objective Tables of Organization and Equipment

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