DoD needs `innovative logistics,' advises former LMI chief.
Adjustment to change is one of the biggest challenges confronting logisticians today, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. retired Army Gen. William G.T. Tuttle, Jr.
"It is a leadership problem at all levels--we've got to help people change," said Tuttle, who recently retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.
Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law. Logistics Management Logistics Management is that part of Supply Chain Management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective, forward, and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet Institute, of McLean, Va.
"The toughest problem is the cultural change," said Tuttle. "You've got to talk, show and review--over and over again."
Tuttle made the remarks April 18 at the monthly meeting of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association.
"We have to look at new ways of doing business," said Tuttle, referring to Army Transformation efforts. "You are seeking rapid deployment and force agility. You don't want to drag around a lot of stuff."
The solution for the military, suggested Tuttle, is "innovative logistics." Within this concept, Turtle listed four components: Innovative technology, innovative processes and organizations, innovative management, and cultural adjustment.
Innovative technology is a key to the future movement of logical processes, said Tuttle.
"The revolution in logistics is in the technology," said Tuttle. "Data has to be continuously shared knowledge. Lots of people need to know."
New technologies allow logisticians to synchronize See synchronization. deployments with everchanging campaign plans, he said.
"The actions at the drop zone change," said Tuttle. "The campaign plan changes. Innovative technology allows you to minimize the footprint The amount of geographic space covered by an object. A computer footprint is the desk or floor surface it occupies. A satellite's footprint is the earth area covered by its downlink. See form factor.
1. , yet maintain readiness."
Innovative processes and organizations mean developing "end-to-end supply chains," said Tuttle.
"The (military) services don't do very well in integrating industry into the process," he said.
Logistical lo·gis·tic also lo·gis·ti·cal
1. Of or relating to symbolic logic.
2. Of or relating to logistics.
[Medieval Latin logisticus, of calculation organizations should be constructed to support processes, said Tuttle, and not the other way around.
Innovative management encourages innovation, he said.
"You want a decision-making organization, not a debating society a society or club for the purpose of debate and improvement in extemporaneous speaking.
See also: Debating ," said Tuttle. "An integrated process team is a good way to do it."
Do not be afraid of risk, he said.
"If you wait for something to be certain," said Turtle, "you wait forever."
Finally, Tuttle said that cultural adjustment is the biggest challenge of all. It often negatively affects other elements of change. All levels of management must support change.
"You have to trust people to do the right thing," said Tuttle.
Tuttle is a former Commander of the Military Traffic Management Command's Eastern Area Command, in Bayonne, N.J., from 1979 to 1982. His last military assignment was as Commander of the Army Materiel Command Army Materiel Command can refer to: