Cover: Coupling Logistics to Operations to Meet Uncertainty and the Threat (CLOUT)

Coupling Logistics to Operations to Meet Uncertainty and the Threat (CLOUT)

An Overview

Published 1991

by Irv K. Cohen, John Abell, Thomas F. Lippiatt


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Uncertainty is of essentially two kinds: statistical uncertainty (variability observed in repeatable phenomena), and state-of-the-world uncertainty (uncertainty about phenomena that are not repeatable, not observed or observable, or both). State-of-the-world uncertainty dominates the wartime scenario and affects peacetime planning as well. This report describes a set of initiatives called CLOUT (coupling logistics to operations to meet uncertainty and the threat) designed to cope with resource shortages caused by poor predictions of demand. The theater-level CLOUT initiatives include (1) lateral repair by bases that have repair capability to support bases that do not; (2) forward stockage for quick response to unsatisfied demands at bases; (3) responsive theater transportation to support lateral resupply, forward stockage, lateral and theater repair, retrograde, and distribution of assets coming into the theater; and (4) improved operating policies and decision rules in prioritizing repair assets and allocating them to bases. The "wholesale" or depot-level CLOUT initiatives include the following: (1) responsive, assured intertheater transportation; (2) enhanced flexibility, responsiveness, and relevance of the depot's repair process; and (3) distribution of serviceable assets that explicitly accounts for mission urgency and the current asset position worldwide.

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