Competencies for an Effective Supply Chain Management

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Early in his military career, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral David Baucom served as a Military Aide to President Ronald Reagan. David Baucom successfully served in several roles afterwards, such as Director for Logistics Transformation for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Soon after his promotion to Rear Admiral, David F. Baucom served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics Management in The Pentagon.

Military acquisition and logistics involve supply chain management – a key process for an effective distribution management environment. To manage an effective military supply chain, three principal competencies are observed:

Technological competence – The integration of technology in supply-chain management encompasses customer-client communication, tracking systems, and visibility of assets.

Analytical competence – This involves interpretation of data, trends, and design models. The U.S. military relies on the interpretation of this statistical information to evaluate distribution systems.

Understanding of supply chain – The supply chain network includes inventory management, warehousing, transportation, maintenance, distribution and disposal. All areas, albeit operating independently, are nevertheless expected to function as one mutually-supportive system.


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