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Joint Force Logistics: The Forgotten Component of UK Defence Planning

Andrew Curtis
RUSI Journal, 28 April 2016
Defence Policy, UK Defence
Greater integration of logistics functions across the services would ensure that force elements can be deployed to maximum effect

The 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review envisages a return to contingency following more than a decade of enduring operations in the Middle East, but little thought is given to what this will mean for joint logistics. In this article, Andrew Curtis argues that current arrangements do not produce a fit-for-purpose command-and-control capability, nor do they fulfil the requirement for integrated training of high-readiness logistics units. He instead proposes a combined-arms approach – overseen by the existing, dedicated standing logistics headquarters – to ensure the effective integration of joint logistics force elements in future operations.

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