Pentagon Official Lauds Military Logistics System

ARLINGTON, Va. — The military’s logis­tics sys­tem has per­formed “extreme­ly well” on the front end of sup­port­ing warfight­ers these past 10 years, a senior Defense Depart­ment offi­cial said today.

“The department’s logis­tics sys­tem is actu­al­ly per­form­ing extreme­ly well for what it is designed to do, which is sup­port­ing forces engaged in com­bat,” said Alan F. Estevez, assis­tant sec­re­tary of defense for logis­tics and materiel readiness. 

Estevez praised the defense logis­tics sys­tem dur­ing the 2011 Defense Logis­tics Con­fer­ence which fea­tured cor­po­rate spon­sors such as IBM, Northrop Gru­man, Hon­ey­well and Rock­well Collins. 

“If you look at what we have done in sus­tain­ing and rede­ploy­ing our forces in Iraq, [and] in surg­ing and sus­tain­ing our forces in Afghanistan — all that going on simul­ta­ne­ous­ly — we’ve done a mag­nif­i­cent job,” he said. 

Estevez not­ed peo­ple tend to look at logis­tics as the behind-the-scenes “tail” in the depart­ment. “We real­ly can’t look at logis­tics as ‘tail’ from the per­spec­tive of the Depart­ment of Defense,” he said. “That com­bat pow­er that’s on the ground today in Afghanistan, putting the hurt on the Tal­iban, is there because of a logis­tics sys­tem that is capa­ble of putting it into a land­locked country. 

“And [it’s capa­ble of] sus­tain­ing it there and doing like­wise in anoth­er war,” Estevez con­tin­ued. “Plus, [it is] capa­ble of doing things like Haiti relief, tsuna­mi relief, and earth­quake relief across the globe. 

“So I’d sub­mit to you that logis­tics is not ‘tail,’ ” he added. “It’s not a back-end func­tion inside the Depart­ment of Defense.” 

Estevez cit­ed the effi­cien­cy of the defense logis­tic sys­tem in Iraq. “In the next month we’ll be out of Iraq,” he said. “Your logis­tics sys­tem has just done a phe­nom­e­nal job in pos­tur­ing the force.” 

A year or so ago, Estevez not­ed, the U.S. had about 500 bases in Iraq. Today, there are six bases oper­at­ing in Iraq, aside from sites that will be used for the Office of Secu­ri­ty Coop­er­a­tion-Iraq, and the State Department. 

Estevez com­pared the amount of U.S. equip­ment and forces in Iraq pri­or to the draw­down with the country’s cur­rent figures. 

“Over the last year, since Sep­tem­ber of 2010, as we embarked on Oper­a­tion New Dawn, there were about 2.15 mil­lion pieces of equip­ment in Iraq,” he said. “Today, there’s about 346,000 pieces in Iraq.” 

“Not all of that will be com­ing out,” he added. “Some of that will remain in Iraq. It is no longer usable for U.S. forces, and on the oth­er hand, it is usable for Iraqi forces.” 

Today, there are about 13,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, with near­ly 800 depart­ing each day, com­pared to 46,000 troops as recent­ly as mid­sum­mer of this year, Estevez said. 

The assis­tant sec­re­tary not­ed as U.S. forces have drawn down, they’ve helped build up Iraqi capa­bil­i­ties, with about $400 mil­lion worth of gear, so they are capa­ble of sus­tain­ing them­selves. “On the back­side of that, we’ve saved $700 mil­lion by not hav­ing to haul that stuff out of Iraq and back home where we, the U.S. mil­i­tary, have no use for it,” he said. 

How­ev­er, unit duty gear comes back with the units, Estevez said. 

Mean­while, the Defense and State depart­ments are work­ing close­ly in a “whole-of-gov­ern­ment” approach to sus­tain Iraqi capa­bil­i­ties, he said. 

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →