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What is logistics?

"Logistics means having the right thing, at the right place, at the right time."
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
comple information, communication and control systems re!uired in today"s business
environment. -- (Logisti #artners $y, %elsinki, &I, '(())
Logistics - (military definition) *he science of planning and carrying out the movement and
maintenance of forces.... those aspects of military operations that deal with the design and
development, ac!uisition, storage, movement, distribution, maintenance, evacuation and
disposition of material+ movement, evacuation, and hospitali,ation of personnel+ ac!uisition of
construction, maintenance, operation and disposition of facilities+ and ac!uisition of furnishing of
services. -- (-./ #ub '-01 ecerpt)
Logistics - *he procurement, maintenance, distribution, and replacement of personnel and
materiel. -- (2ebsters 3ictionary)
Logistics - '. *he branch of military operations that deals with the procurement, distribution,
maintenance, and replacement of materiel and personnel. 1. *he management of the details of
an operation.
4&rench logisti!ues, from logisti!ue, logic (perhaps influenced by loger, to !uarter), from 5edieval
Latin logisticus, of calculation.6 -- (7merican %eritage 3ictionary)
Logistics - ...the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, effective flow
and storage of goods, services, and related information from point of origin to point of
consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer re!uirements." 8ote that this definition
includes inbound, outbound, internal, and eternal movements, and return of materials for
environmental purposes. -- (9eference: .ouncil of Logistics 5anagement, http:;;www.clm'.org;mission.html, '1 &eb (<)
Logistics - *he process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, cost effective
flow and storage of raw materials, in-process inventory, finished goods and related information
from point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of meeting customer re!uirements. --
(9eference: .anadian 7ssociation of Logistics 5anagement, http:;;www.calm.org;calm;7bout.7L5;7bout.7L5.html, '1 &eb,
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Logistics - *he science of planning, organi,ing and managing activities that provide goods or
services. -- (53., LogLink ; Logistics2orld, '((=)
Logistics - Logistics is the science of planning and implementing the ac!uisition and use of the
resources necessary to sustain the operation of a system. -- (9eference: >.9. ?niversity of /cranton ;
3efense Logistics 7gency Included with permission from: %?5 - *he @overnment .omputer 5aga,ine "Integrated Logistics"
3ecember '((A, 2alter .ooke, Included with permission from: %?5 - *he @overnment .omputer 5aga,ine.)
Logist - *o perform logistics functions or processes. *he act of planning, organi,ing and
managing activities that provide goods or services. (*he verb "to logist." >g. /he logisted the last
operation. I will logist the net operation. I am logisting the current operation. 2e logist the
operations. *he operations are well logisted.) -- (53., LogLink ; Logistics2orld, '((=)
Logistic - $f or pertaining to logistics. -- (53., LogLink ; Logistics2orld, '((=)
Logistical - $f or pertaining to logistics, logistics-like. -- (53., LogLink ; Logistics2orld, '((=)
Logistics Functions - (classical) planning, procurement, transportation, supply, and
maintenance. -- (?nited /tates 3epartment of 3efense 3$3)
Logistics Processes - (classical) re!uirements determination, ac!uisition, distribution, and
conservation. -- (?nited /tates 3epartment of 3efense 3$3)
Business Logistics - *he science of planning, design, and support of business operations of
procurement, purchasing, inventory, warehousing, distribution, transportation, customer support,
financial and human resources. -- (53., LogLink ; Logistics2orld, '((=)
Cradle-to-Grave - Logistics planning, design, and support which takes in to account logistics
support throughout the entire system or product life cycle. -- (53., LogLink ; Logistics2orld, '((=)
Acquisition Logistics - 7c!uisition Logistics is everything involved in ac!uiring logistics support
e!uipment and personnel for a new weapons system. *he formal definition is "the process of
systematically identifying, defining, designing, developing, producing, ac!uiring, delivering,
installing, and upgrading logistics support capability re!uirements through the ac!uisition process
for 7ir &orce systems, subsystems, and e!uipment. -- (9eference: 7ir &orce Institute of *echnology, @raduate
/chool of 7c!uisition and Logistics.)
Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) (') - IL/ is a management function that provides planning,
funding, and functioning controls which help to assure that the system meets performance
re!uirements, is developed at a reasonable price, and can be supported throughout its life cycle.
-- (9eference: 7ir &orce Institute of *echnology, @raduate /chool of 7c!uisition and Logistics.)
Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) (1) - >ncompasses the unified management of the technical
logistics elements that plan and develop the support re!uirements for a system. *his can include
hardware, software, and the provisioning of training and maintenance resources. -- (9eference: >.9.
?niversity of /cranton ; 3efense Logistics 7gency Included with permission from: %?5 - *he @overnment .omputer 5aga,ine
"Integrated Logistics" 3ecember '((A, 2alter .ooke.)
Logistics Support Analysis (LSA) - /imply put, L/7 is the iterative process of identifying
support re!uirements for a new system, especially in the early stages of system design. *he main
goals of L/7 are to ensure that the system will perform as intended and to influence the design
for supportability and affordability. -- (9eference: 7ir &orce Institute of *echnology, @raduate /chool of 7c!uisition and
Logistics.)