The Role of Logistics in War

Matthew Uttley and Christopher Kinsey

in The Oxford Handbook of War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199562930
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 The Role of Logistics in War

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This article surveys the issues and challenges confronting the logistician preparing for and engaging in support of contemporary military operations. The first section outlines the inherent nature of defence logistics, or the considerations, choices, trade-offs, and logistics principles that perennially confront and guide military planners. The second section reviews the character of contemporary logistics. This refers to those particular issues that have confronted Western militaries in adapting from Cold War defence postures and the modes of transformation they have adopted. The third section evaluates the success and residual challenges for post-Cold War defence planners as they have sought to optimize transformation under the principles of logistics, which are foresight; efficiency; cooperation and simplicity; and agility.

Keywords: defence logistics; war; military operations; military planners; contemporary logistics; foresight; efficiency

Article.  6764 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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