What Is Logistics

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What is logistics?
"Logistics means having the right thing, at the right place, at the right time."
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Logistics - (business definition) Logistics is defined as a business planning framework for the management of material, service, information and capital flows. It includes the increasingly complex information, communication and control systems required in today 's business environment. -- (Logistix Partners Oy, Helsinki, FI, 1996)
Logistics - (military definition) The science of planning and carrying out the movement and maintenance of forces.... those aspects of military operations that deal with the design and development, acquisition, storage, movement, distribution, maintenance, evacuation and disposition of material; movement,
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-- (MDC, LogLink / LogisticsWorld, 1997)
Acquisition Logistics - Acquisition Logistics is everything involved in acquiring logistics support equipment and personnel for a new weapons system. The formal definition is "the process of systematically identifying, defining, designing, developing, producing, acquiring, delivering, installing, and upgrading logistics support capability requirements through the acquisition process for Air Force systems, subsystems, and equipment. -- (Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics.)
Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) (1) - ILS is a management function that provides planning, funding, and functioning controls which help to assure that the system meets performance requirements, is developed at a reasonable price, and can be supported throughout its life cycle. -- (Reference: Air Force Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Acquisition and Logistics.)
Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) (2) - Encompasses the unified management of the technical logistics elements that plan and develop the support requirements for a system. This can include hardware, software, and the provisioning of training and maintenance resources. -- (Reference: ECRC University of Scranton / Defense Logistics Agency Included with permission from: HUM - The Government Computer Magazine "Integrated Logistics" December
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