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Human nature and history are filled with many concepts of duality. Within the construct of war, there is perhaps no better reflection of this duality than the relationship between logistics and operations. The Doctrine for Logistics Support of Joint Operations (DOD Joint Publication 4.0) states that “Operations and logistics are inseparable facets of war. Although logistics plans are derived from operational goals, neither can claim primacy” (Department of Defense, 1992, p. 11).

For military purposes, a workable aggregate definition of logistics based on current doctrine could be specified as

the science and art of planning and conducting the movement, support, and servicing of forces to include those aspects of military operations that deal with the design and development, acquisition or construction, storage, movement, distribution, evacuation, maintenance, hospitalization ...

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