Message from the ADC
Marine Corps logistics continues to evolve in the spirit of innovation and in keeping with the guidance of Marine Corps Operating Concept and the logistics roadmaps. The requirement for efficient distributed expeditionary logistics in support of global operations remains at the forefront of our efforts. In order to be successful, we must keep the initiative in devising new and creative ways to stay one step ahead of our adversaries, who continue to adapt and improve in ever more sophisticated ways.
Innovation encompasses not only specific programs, but a state of mind. It requires that we provide more responsive logistics at exactly the time and place needed in any environment, in any warfare domain. Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is one way to accomplish this task via the Next Generation Logistics (NexLog) initiative—it enables increased supply-chain flexibility, higher equipment readiness, platform sustainability, and overall force resiliency without relying on forward-positioned stocks. Through this and other initiatives, including Naval Logistics Integration and Marine Air Ground Task Force Logistics Integration, we are able to capitalize on untapped capabilities for the Marine Corps as a whole.
Our past successes have prepared us well for an increasingly demanding future. We now have many logistics professionals who honed their skills in Iraq and Afghanistan and provide the wisdom, experience, and insight to build on this success. To make the most of these lessons learned, we have created a proactive and responsive advocacy effort for both our military and civilian Marines. Operational Advisory Groups (OAGs), Installation Advisory Groups (IAGs), and Communities of Interest (COIs) continue to advocate for our personnel—taking care of our own while advancing our warfighting capabilities.
Enterprise Ground Equipment Management (EGEM) keeps our equipment ready for ongoing military operations, from a conflict environment, to a hybrid environment involving humanitarian operations, to a permissive environment after a natural disaster strikes. Maintaining our equipment at the most efficient taxpayer cost is key to our success as logisticians and as Marines.
Our accomplishments speak for themselves, yet there is much work that remains to be done. We will continue to press the attack, improving our current programs and innovating toward better ones. Marine Corps logistics remains a dynamic and exciting effort, and I look forward to capitalizing on our success to meet our future challenges.