Logistics and the Marines Term Paper by Nicky

Logistics and the Marines
A discussion of the United States Marine Corp's (USMC) adoption of supply chain management.
# 128653 | 977 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper describes how the United States Marine Corps (USMC) revised its outdated supply chain management system, known as "Iron Mountain." The paper further analyzes the benefits the Marines accrued from adopting a new approach to supply chain management. Specifically, the paper focuses on how supply chain management (SCM) technologies gave the Marines the flexibility of replacing their "Iron Mountain" strategy with a leaner and more efficient approach to supply chain management and supply chain optimization. The paper concludes that the new program enables the Marines to gain significant advantages in their logistics planning, execution and long-term performance.

Marine's SCM Improvement Strategies Embrace Lean Concepts
Technologies Used to Support the Marine's SCM Framework and Strategies
Tactical Excellence from Logistics Achieved

From the Paper:

"The Marines faced a daunting challenge of being able to support their troop deployments throughout multiple continents, yet lacked a scalable SCM framework which would give them the agility necessary to support them. The move away form the "iron mountain" concepts, and with it, the many fragmented and disconnected systems and processes, led to the development of a cohesive, integration SCM network that could scale globally (Gue, 2004). An example of critical scalability is for the Marines is supporting deployments in Afghanistan, 300 miles inland from coastal-based supply chain centers (Simpson, 2002). The benefits of creating a more agile SCM framework that can scale globally led to significant benefits. First, the leaner support structure freed up over 1,800 Marines from assisting with logistics and supporting core mission tasks. Second, the re-vamped SCM framework, with its greater integration of systems and processes, led to faster deployment capability."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bausch, Dan O., Brown, Gerald G., Hundley, Danny R., Rapp, Stephen H., Rosenthal, Richard E.. (1991). Mobilizing Marine Corps Officers. Interfaces, 21(4), 26. Retrieved November 13, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1332892).
  • Kevin R Gue (2003). A dynamic distribution model for combat logistics. Computers & Operations Research, 30(3), 367-381. Retrieved November 12, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 283389561).
  • Elena Malykhina (2004, November). MARINE CORPS REVAMPS TROOPS' SUPPLY CHAIN. InformationWeek,(1012), 22. Retrieved November 12, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 731143611).
  • Ronis, S.R. (2003). Marine Logistics Command strives for efficiency. National Defense. Arlington: 88,(600) p 86.
  • Simpson, L. (2002). How the Marines won the battle of the iron mountain. Management. London: 7(14) p 20.

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