Retooling for the Logistics Revolution

Designing Marine Corps Inventories to Support the Warfighter

by Ronald D. Fricker, Marc Robbins


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This report presents new inventory management tools and techniques, relevant to both Precision Logistics and the Integrated Logistics Capability Initiative, to help the Marine Corps continue to improve logistics and repair processes.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Building a Mechanism for Change: Precision Logistics and the Integrated Logistics Capability Initiative

  • Chapter Two

    The Inventory Fulcrum: Marine Corps Logistics Policy and Practice

  • Chapter Three

    A Lever for Raising Performance: an Improved Inventory Methodology

  • Chapter Four

    Pushing the Lever: Demonstrations of Improved Inventory Performance

  • Chapter Five

    Future Steps: Implementation, Methodological Improvements, Generalizations

  • Appendix A

    Critical Repairs and the ERO Fill Rate

  • Appendix B

    Basic Inventory Theory and Terminology

  • Appendix C

    Common Marine Corps Reorder Point and the Operating Level Misconceptions

  • Appendix D

    Using the Bootstrap to Calculate Reorder Points

  • Appendix E

    The Virtual SMU

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