The concept of military logistics: from birth to modern interpretation in the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Keywords: military logistics, Medical Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Abstract

Introduction. At present, the further course of Ukraine's development is aimed at Euro-Atlantic integration. According to the State Program for Reforming and Development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the period up to 2020, a unified efficient logistics system was created and the medical support system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was improved in accordance with NATO standards. In addition, certain functions of medical supplies were transferred to the logistics system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Thus, the issues of military logistics are relevant today for the Medical Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The purpose. Analyzing the existing approaches to the interpretation of the term "military logistics" in the historical aspect and researching its essence in accordance with the modern conditions of functioning the Medical Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Materials and methods. To achieve the goal of the research, an analysis of foreign and domestic scientific literature and the current regulatory framework of Ukraine was carried out. Research methods are information retrieval, comparison, systematization, analysis and synthesis.

Results. Based on the analysis, it has been established that the term "military logistics" is still in constant development and in a certain historical period. In the process of evolution of scientific approaches to the conduct of military operations, military logistics was also formed. And new logistics systems emerged, innovative methods and tools were used to support the armed forces. Several definitions of the term "military logistics" are given in chronological order. It was found that some authors, using different terminology, consider the same essence or phenomenon of this category. This indicates that the researcher belongs to various logistics schools or focuses his attention on certain aspects of the logistics process or the system as a whole.

Conclusions. Based on the analysis of existing approaches to the interpretation of the term "military logistics" in the historical aspect, it was determined that the concept of military logistics is an important component in planning and implementing the movement, ensuring the vital activity of troops (forces) in peacetime and a special period, as well as integral part of supporting military operations. The essence of the concept of military logistics is investigated in accordance with the modern conditions of the functioning of the Medical Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The need for the formation of a unified logistic approach to the provision of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with medical equipment and property is determined, taking into account the legal norms established in the legislation regarding the circulation of medicines and medical devices, as well as the licensing system in the field of pharmaceutical activities. The expediency of creating a unified effective medical supply management system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, taking into account the logistic approach, under the unified leadership of the Commander of the Medical Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been substantiated. It is noted that the integration of the main constants of military logistics, both in the military health care system as a whole and in its pharmaceutical sector, led to the creation of military pharmaceutical logistics as part of the medical logistics of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Author Biographies

T. M. Ostashchenko, Command of Medical Forces of Ukraine Armed Forces

Brigadier General of the Medical Service, Commander of Medical Forces of Armed Forces of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine.

O. P. Shmatenko , Ukrainian Military Medical Academy

DSc (Pharmacy), Professor, the Honoured Employee of Pharmacy of Ukraine, colonel of Medical Service, head of the Department of Military Pharmacy, Ukrainian Military Medical Academy

M. V. Bilous, Ukrainian Military Medical Academy

DSc (Pharmacy), professor of the Department of Military Pharmacy, Ukrainian Military Medical Academy

O. V. Galan, Ukrainian Military Medical Academy

senior lecturer of Department of Military Pharmacy, Ukrainian Military Medical Academy

D. V. Drozdov, Ukrainian Military Medical Academy

PhD, (Pharmacy), associate professor of Department of Military Pharmacy, Ukrainian Military Medical Academy

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Published
2021-10-11
How to Cite
Ostashchenko, T. M., Shmatenko , O. P., Bilous, M. V., Galan, O. V., & Drozdov, D. V. (2021). The concept of military logistics: from birth to modern interpretation in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Ukrainian Journal of Military Medicine, 2(3), 84-92. https://doi.org/10.46847/ujmm.2021.3(2)-084

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