- List of Contributors
- Defining War
- Strategy and War
- How History Shapes War
- The Collision of Modern and Post-Modern War
- Alliances and War
- Brazil, India, and China: Emerging Powers and Warfare
- Morality and War
- The Evolving Legal Aspects of War
- The History of Grand Strategy and the Conduct of Micro-Wars
- The Strategic Object of War
- Nuclear Deterrence and War
- Unconventional Forms of War
- Terrorism and War
- Strategic Leadership and War
- Intelligence and War
- The Pol/Mil Interface and War: the French at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century
- Managing War
- The Russian Way of War: in Crisis?
- The Twenty-First Century War: Chinese Perspectives
- The Japanese Way of War
- Military Coalitions in War
- Military Leadership in A Changing World
- The Art of Command in the Twenty-First Century: Reflections on three Commands
- Hybrid Conflict and the Changing Nature of Actors
- Conducting Joint Operations
- Counterinsurgency and War
- The Role of Logistics in War
- Land Warfare
- Maritime Warfare and the Importance of Sea Control
- Air Warfare
- Teaching War
- The Limits of Technology in War
- Space: A New Theatre of War?
- Affording War: The British Case
- Industry and War
- Procurement and War
- The Defence Industry in the Contemporary Global Security Environment
- The Changing Relationship Between Society and Armed Forces
- Clear, Hold, and Build: Operationalizing the Comprehensive Approach
- Building A Multilateral Civilian Surge
- Demography and Warfare
- Communicating War: The Gamekeeper's Perspective
- Communicating War: The Poacher's Perspective
- Does War Have A Future?
- conclusions:The Unpredictability of War and Its Consequences
Abstract and Keywords
This article surveys the issues and challenges confronting the logistician preparing for and engaging in support of contemporary military operations. The first section outlines the inherent nature of defence logistics, or the considerations, choices, trade-offs, and logistics principles that perennially confront and guide military planners. The second section reviews the character of contemporary logistics. This refers to those particular issues that have confronted Western militaries in adapting from Cold War defence postures and the modes of transformation they have adopted. The third section evaluates the success and residual challenges for post-Cold War defence planners as they have sought to optimize transformation under the principles of logistics, which are foresight; efficiency; cooperation and simplicity; and agility.
Matthew Uttley is Professor of Defense Studies, Kings College London.
Christopher Kinsey, Kings College London.
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