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RAND Report: Logistics and Sustainment in the Russian Armed Forces

Wanted to call your attention to a recently released RAND report which provides an overview of Russia's material logistics and sustainment system and its problems as identified by Russian…

RAND Report: Logistics and Sustainment in the Russian Armed Forces

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Shawn Harrison

Wanted to call your attention to a recently released RAND report which provides an overview of Russia's material logistics and sustainment system and its problems as identified by Russian authors prior to February 2022. The report also presents some preliminary insights into the early stages of the Russia-Ukraine war prior to the delivery of longer-range Western weapons to Ukraine.

The report identifies several findings of potential interest to life cycle logisticians related to:

  • A large and elaborate military logistics and sustainment system lacking recent experience with large-scale ground operations
  • Systemic issues including resource inefficiency and inadequate warehousing
  • Vulnerabilities to long-range strikes disrupting logistics due to significant reliance on rail transport for fuel and munitions

The report calls to mind the importance of exercises (including Table Top Exercises), planning for a contested logistics environment, and the Integrated Product Support Element of Packaging, Handling, Storage and Transportation (PHS&T).