Meeting Tomorrow's Logistics Challenges with Now Research.

by Donald E. Lewis, Thomas T. Tierney

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A documentation of the presentation before the Worldwide Materiel Conference that discusses the value of current logistics research in reducing future uncertainties and risks and in describing future consequences of present resource commitments. RAND's past research on METRIC, on air transport of recoverable items, on scheduled maintenance, and on repair tradeoffs between base and depot are cited as examples of relevant research. Three studies have implications for the future: remotely piloted systems, a concept that could be the first step toward disposable weapon systems; force capability reporting, a management incentive structure to help key force commanders and logisticians allocate critical personnel and materiel; and aircraft maintenance scheduling policy, by which substantial savings could be obtained in depot-level maintenance alone. 35 pp. Bibliog.

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