By Steve Stark
FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Herculean, monumental, massive, unprecedented — all of these words have been used to describe the undertaking we know as R4D, and the October – December 2013 issue of Army AL&T magazine goes in depth on the effort, underway right now, to retrograde, reset, redeploy, redistribute and dispose of the material accumulated in Afghanistan over more than a decade of war there.
And it’s ongoing, even as new capabilities, such as Capability Set 13, are being deployed.
Robots, medical supplies, UAVs, wheeled and tracked vehicles, and much, much more – the effort to scale down our materiel in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 is bringing together nearly every aspect of acquisition, logistics and technology to get it done.
Here’s just a small sample of what you’ll find in this issue:
Exit Strategy — Learn how the experts at Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command are overcoming obstacles to get materiel out of Afghanistan.
Synchronizing the Force — Army G-8 plays a major role in bringing all of the many players to the table, so we sat down with them to learn how they do it. Read the interview.
Brainpower Surge — There’s more to the new issue than just R4D, of course. Learn how the U.S. Army Armament, Research, Development and Engineering Center is using its IDEA program to jumpstart innovation.
Career Corner — Get all the latest on career development.
Critical Thinking — Our interview this issue is with Amazon’s Jeff Wilke, who provides a host of insights on how Amazon does logistics — no small feat.
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