Rapid Fire March 26, 2013: Handling and Costing the Logistics Flow Back from Afghanistan
- The UK-based Guardian quotes US Brigadier General Steve Shapiro, director of the Materiel Enterprise Integration and Retrograde Operations Center, as saying he’s been “hearing about $6B in transportation costs” out of Afghanistan. Given such high exit costs, there’s a strong incentive to leave as much low-value stuff in the country as possible. Out of a total of about 100,000 containers and 30,000 vehicles, it’s not worth shipping it all back.
- The flow of vehicles out of Afghanistan began last month. Picture a 25-container convoy on Pakistan’s roads! On the receiving end, the Army’s Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) has started handling returning Stryker Brigade Combat Team vehicles and containers.
- Raytheon has announced a reorganization that among other things merges its Intelligence and Information Systems and Technical Services divisions, leading to a reduction of their workforce by about 200 people. Prime contractors have found for the last couple of years that their IT services were easier to be cut in the short term than multi-year armament contracts. Buzzword-compliant press release.