With a deadline less than three years away, a team of U.S. Army specialists is racing to bring the Iraqi Army up to speed on military logistics. Despite a Humvee-load of challenges, it's on track to meet that goal.
There's no magic in the process, or the buildings, or the technology used at the military's sprawling distribution complex near Harrisburg, Pa. It's the ethic that pervades the DDSP that makes the operation something special.
Last fall, DC VELOCITY Editor at Large Steve Geary wrote about the role of supply chain initiatives in helping rebuild the Iraqi economy ("can a supply chain promote peace?" November 2007). At the time, Geary was deployed in Iraq, working as a member of a team charged with promoting employment in the war-torn nation. In this follow-up article, he looks at developments in that initiative in the months since he filed his initial report.
The military command in Iraq hopes that U.S. purchasing power can help rebuild Iraqi business and employment, thereby promoting peace. That may mean accepting a less-than-optimal supply chain, but military leaders insist it's worth the risk.