SNA Software’s Spring 2018 Newsletter is Now Available

March 26, 2018

The year 2018 began with two significant events in the life of SNA Software LLC.

The first milestone was that on 15 January 2018 Proteus EVAS was deployed to the field and underwent a number of successful pilots in industry. The applicaiton of data-driven analytics in assessing the efficacy and validity of underlying systems is new to our community. This promises to provide a conduit to process improvement across the project management supply chain that will directly and positively impact not only project and program management industry-wide, but also provide the Department of Defense with the necessary information that it needs to understand the impact of budgetary and other impacts on the industrial base upon which it depends on support for the Military Services.

Along these lines, as a retired senior Navy Supply Corps Officer I was perusing my personal library and found myself reintroduced to a book entitled Logistics in the National Defense by Admiral Henry E. Eccles, which was written in 1959. This work remains essential today. In the words of Dr. Christopher R. Paparone and George L. Topic Jr., on the current U.S. Army website, who refer to him as the "Clausewitz of Logistics":

"Eccles' writings illustrate what we call today the operational level,,,and outline the complex interrelationships that exist across the government, the services, and the force generating components of the enterprise.

Eccles' deep and clear understanding of these relationships makes his derivative concepts useful today. The most important aspect of his synthesis is the recognition that all of the relationships combine--and must be managed--to produce the required outcome: effective support to the combat force. Eccles is credited with perhaps the most powerful idea in all of military logistics theory: logistics serves as the bridge between a nation's economy and its forces and defines the operational reach of the joint force commander.
Eccles also depicted the "spectrum of conflict" relevant enough that it could come out of a freshly printed operational doctrine manual today. One of the most interesting concepts that Eccles developed was the metaphor of "the logistics snowball," which illustrates that the larger the size of logistics forces forward, the more self-consuming they become. This is the reason that today we seek to keep a small logistics footprint forward. Similarly, his writings described the now-ubiquitous discipline of supply chain management--more than 20 years before the term was first used--as a central aspect of military logistics."

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