Logistics officers to be appointed to seniorMilitary command positions Logistics is an important aspect in Military. The quantity of material transported being huge the military needs some people to focus on logistics specifically.
Logistics officers take care of this. Under normal situations maintaining logistics is not a big challenge. At times of war logistics plays a key role and maintaining logistics is quite challenging.
The place of war, the type of attack (whether it is army, navy or air force) and a lot other things influence the logistics. Logistics officer needs to act taking into account of these factors. In a war the attack is led by military commanding officer. He plans his attack keeping in view of various factors like terrain, position of the enemy and his own army and the sophistication of the arms used. Logistics is also a part of his work. He has to consider the skill levels of both the armies (his own army and the enemy’s). A military commanding officer has to know lot of other things apart from logistics.
We can compare the roles of commanding officer and logistics officer to manager and technician respectively. While the technician has to worry only about technical details the manager has to consider lot other things like finance. It is helpful for the commanding officers to know about logistics more but the important thing he has to know many other things. A logistics officer can be made a military commanding officer if he has skills in the required areas.
It would be advantageous in this case if logistics play a key role in a war. History has many examples illustrating this point. Hitler attacked Russia with a huge army the Russians when World War II was just about to begin. The Russians were not powerful enough to face Hitler’s army. The Russians cut off the food supplies to Hitler’s army and the army had to starve. The Russians won the war without even fighting! Clearly logistics was the important factor here.
So a logistics officer can become a senior military commander provided he has knowledge of other important aspects of war.