LPV Message from the Branch Head
Here on the Logistics Vision and Strategy Branch’s website, you’ll find information about what we do. It’s my hope that the information here will be useful to members of the Marine Corps logistics community, other members of the defense community and our industry partners.
As the team specifically responsible for helping shape Marine Corps logistics capabilities of the future, we’re zeroing in on the following priorities in the coming months:
- Data Management
- Expeditionary Logistics
The logistics advocacy construct is the institutional mechanism through which the Marine Corps collaboratively provides input into the capabilities development and resourcing processes. As the secretariat for operational logistics advocacy, LPV recommended to I&L leadership a new fresh approach to the process. This new process will enhance bottom-up input with top-down guidance and is tied into the Marine Corps’ decision making circles (Budget, Combat Development and Manpower). Advocacy involves turning work of the various operational advisory groups and boards into specific recommendations for Service leadership. Most importantly, Advocacy is ensuring that future MAGTF Logistics Marines and Organizations are prepared to support the Marine Operations Concept. We continue to provide MAGTF commanders with logisticians and logistics systems that are capable, relevant and provide additive abilities.
To get the most from the vast number of logistics IT systems, both legacy and emerging, we must have a strategy to ensure the data contained in those systems is managed effectively, and available to everyone who needs it, when they need it. Achieving effective logistics data management is one of the goals of our Portfolio Management Effort. For more information, feel free to contact us. We appreciate your thoughts and input. We must get our Data Management Systems right in order to take full advantage of emerging concepts, technology and innovation.
Being innovative is second nature to Marines. Nevertheless, we have to continually push the envelope of our understanding to see new possibilities as they arise. The one constant upon which we can rely is change. Our future successes rely on our ability to outpace our adversaries in adapting and overcoming challenges associated with these changes. Science and Technology initiatives are just one of the ways we promote innovation. We must leverage ongoing activities from within the Marine Corps, sister services, governmental agencies and the private sector. We must be able to stay tied into CDI and MCSC on Additive Manufacturing, Unmanned Logistics Systems (Aerial, Ground, Sea and Sub-Sea) and Smart Logistics.
Our ultimate objective is supporting the fight; providing agile and responsive logistics capabilities that support Marines conducing expeditionary operations across the globe. From large-scale MAGTFs, to small, distributed units operating independently in austere environments, we must be capable of providing warfighters what they need, when and where they need it. The four priority areas are tightly woven together and require close coordination in order to achieve maximum impact.