Working Group 16: Strategic Deployment and Distribution


(Updated 11 November 2014)

PURPOSE:  To present and discuss applied analysis to evaluate opportunities to meet the deployment and distribution requirements of the United States Military at the most affordable levels while managing the risks of not meeting requirements.

DISCUSSION:  Deployment and distribution provides the critical speed, flexibility, and responsiveness necessary to project and sustain US forces anywhere in the world to enable full spectrum operations in support of strategic and operational objectives.  The Department of Defense (DOD) deployment and distribution system works as a multi-service integrated system, combining a number of transportation and strategic inventory resources.  These include the integration of surface movement (both in CONUS and theater), airlift, sealift, aerial refueling, enroute staging bases, forward positioned stocks, and reception, staging, onward movement and integration (RSOI) operations, plus insights in supply chain management initiatives that improve distribution effectiveness and efficiency.

The Strategic Deployment and Distribution Working Group is focused on analyzing the comprehensive portfolio of existing and proposed capabilities to provide decision support to senior leadership to enable the most affordable mix of capabilities while understanding the risks.

OTHER WORKING GROUPS:  Candidates for joint discussions with WG 16 include:

·      Power Projection and Strike (WG 13)

·      Logistics, Reliability, and Maintainability (WG 17)

·      Readiness (WG 19)

·      Cost Analysis (WG 26)

·      Decision Analysis (WG 27)