The Roots of Military Logistics in a Retrospective


No military operation is conceivable without logistics. It is widely known, however, the origin of the term logistics is not unambiguously stated in publications and sometimes refers to ancient Greek. There is no doubt that the term “logistique” was first used by the general of Napoleonic army Antoine-Henri Jomini and Lieutenant Colonel George C. Thorpe, U. S. Marines,  anglicized Jomini's term to “logistics”. Among many distinguished authors that paved the way to the current theory of military logistics cannot be omitted Rear Admiral Henry Eccles. It is also worth to mention Austrian-American economist Oskar Morgenstern and his attempt to outline a consistent language between military and business logistics and to formulate a general theory of logistics.

Prof. Jaroslav Komárek, Ph.D. (Col., ret.), born in 1938. After working in technical positions in military units he defended his thesis and gained PhD. in 1971. Later he was a teacher at the Department of Civil Aviation and Airport Services at Military Academy in Brno. Since 1975 he acted in the Research Institute for Transport, as a coordinator of the national participation in the project UN EHK Transeuropean Motorway. In 1990 he returned to the military and acted as a Vice-Rector for Science and International Relations at the Military Academy in Brno, where since 1996 he worked in the Institute of Management. He participated in two NATO RTO projects and he was participant of numbers prestigious international conferences in area of training, operational analysis and modelling and simulation. Since r. 2003 he has been teaching at a private university.

Country: Czech Republic


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