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Identifying total defense logistics concepts: a comparative study of the Swedish pandemic response
Swedish Defence University, Department of War Studies and Military History, Functions and Perspective Division.
Swedish Defence University, Department of War Studies and Military History, Functions and Perspective Division.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8972-7975
2024 (English)In: Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, ISSN 2042-6747, E-ISSN 2042-6755, Vol. 14, no 2, p. 208-222Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The total defence (TD) concept constitutes a joint endeavour between the military forces and civil defence structures within a TD state. Logistics is essential for such joint collaboration to work; however, the mismatch between military and civil defence logistics structures poses challenges for such joint collaboration. The purpose of this paper is to identify logistics concept areas within the TD framework that allow for military and civil defence collaborations from a logistics operations perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

Pattern-matching analysis is used to compare patterns found in the investigated case with those prescribed from the literature and predicted to occur. The study seeks to identify logistics concepts within TD from the literature and from the events describing the Swedish response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pattern matching thus allows for the reconciliation of logistics concepts from the literature to descriptions of how the response was handled, albeit under a TD framework.

Findings

Findings show quite distinct foci between the theoretical and observational realms in terms of logistics applications. While the theoretical realm identifies four main logistics concepts, the observational realm identifies five logistics conceptual themes. This goes on to show an incongruence between the military and civil parts of the TD.

Research limitations/implications

This study provides basis for further research into the applications and management of logistics activity within TD and emergency response.

Originality/value

Logistics applications within TD have not, until now, received much attention in the literature. Given this knowledge gap, this study is of original value.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2024. Vol. 14, no 2, p. 208-222
Keywords [en]
Civil defence, Civilian response, Observational realm, Theoretical realm, Total defense, Total defense logistics
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Political Science
Research subject
War Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11487DOI: 10.1108/JHLSCM-07-2022-0084OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-11487DiVA, id: diva2:1743644
Available from: 2023-03-15 Created: 2023-03-15 Last updated: 2024-04-15Bibliographically approved

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