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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 31 FIGURE 1—CONCEPT OF SUPPLY SUPPORT FOR THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE IRAQI ARMED FORCES The supply support concept for the Iraqi Armed Forces is depicted in Figure 1. The primary focus of the strategic level is to ensure that there are sufficient stocks and contracts are managed. The operational level focuses on using the stocks provided by the strategic level to support the Tadji National Depot, who provide Fourth Line supply support, and the RSUs who provide Third Line supply support. The tactical level focuses on using the supply support provided by the operational level to support Army units, the Logistic Battalions, the Headquarters and Services Companies (HSC), as well as Navy and Air force units. Life Support Garrison support includes the provision and/or maintenance of all base facilities (including working and living accommodation, ablutions, power, sanitation, food, water, laundry, bedding, fuel and fire protection). In general, all services are to be provided using mostly defence civilian personnel and some military resources in preference to using contractors. There are currently 47 Life Support (LS) contracts operating throughout Iraq and many with independent companies. The most significant impact on LS is corruption. The LS contractor is paid monthly; the amount paid is determined by the quality of support provided each day. If the LS contractor receives poor scores then he is a paid a reduced amount each month, and vice versa. To ensure good scores, contractors bribe the committee or the unit commander. To remedy this problem, the Government of Iraq has implemented a self reliance regime to make the Army fully self supportive with their own cooks, cleaners, mechanics and technicians. It is estimated that around 10, 000 personnel will be required to fill these positions. Fuel and Ammo Fuel and Ammunition, two of the most critical classes of Supply in any Military, are certainly the most challenging aspect of the Iraqi Logistics function. Ammunition. The requisition process for basic load replenishment begins at the using unit level. The requisition must indicate the transaction document is for training or operations and must include the type of ammunition, on- hand quantity and requested quantity. There are two approval processes in play: one for operational ammo and one for training ammo. Each process is similar but cannot be combined because currently the J7 at JHQ approves training ammo and the J4 at JHQ approves operational ammo. All IA units must request their ammo from their RSU. The RSU is not the approving authority for ammo; it is only the warehouse and distribution point. The JHQ is the approval authority. Iraqis only use originally signed