Autonomic and sense and respond logistics: the 'foxhole to factory to foxhole' continuum of combat service support

Hingst, Ray and Gunter, Greg (2008) Autonomic and sense and respond logistics: the 'foxhole to factory to foxhole' continuum of combat service support. In: Land Warfare Conference (LWC 2008): Force Protection in the 21st Century - Deter, Detect, Disrupt and Defeat, 27-31 Oct 2008, Brisbane, Australia.

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As the Australian Defence Force (ADF) embarks upon an ambitious re-equipment program involving strategic procurement of multi-billion dollar platforms, consideration should be given to the enhancement of the logistics supply chain required for the Introduction Into Service (IIS), sustainment and through-life support provided to this technology. A lead can be taken from the
Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), to which Australia has so far committed as one of eight international partners.

Taking lessons from the civilian arena, principally mining and aviation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, the principle contractor, has augmented the flow of data from embedded key component sensors (Sense and Respond), to link directly to the supply chain, creating an autonomic, 'foxhole to factory to foxhole', logistics continuum. This paper argues however, that caution needs to be exercised lest Local Operational Analysis Decisions (LOADs) tasking equipment become subserviant and overlooked, potentially jeopardising the application of battle-space effects and mission success.

Experience gained on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan by the United States Marine Corps will be used to illustrate potential benefits and pitfalls in the application of autonomic logistics concepts. Recognition of the advantages of autonomic logistics can then be used as inputs into the Military Integrated Logistics Information System (MILIS) and ultimately, to inform the Army Capability Development Continuum (ACDC).

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2008 05:34
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2014 23:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: autonomic logistics; sense and respond logistics; foxhole to factory to foxhole; combat service support; autonomic sustainment
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150309 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140217 Transport Economics
Socio-Economic Objective: A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810106 Logistics

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