1.Develop an ideal Strategic Logistics Plan for one of the five transportation modes. Define and explain what you consider as the key components of an exemplary Strategic Logistics Plan. Decide on a business model for military or private industry and select the geography. Expand upon the necessity of an internal and external analysis to the success of this Strategic Logistics Plan. As this area is developed provide an explanation of pressure (internal and external) that would influence the plan.

2. Research a company that uses Ocean Freight as their number one mode of transportation. Explain how this company has remained competitive using ocean freight over the past several years and explain if this is their best option in the near future?

3.What factors must a shipper evaluate in the selection of a mode of transportation? Each mode of transportation offers both advantages and disadvantages. The choice that is made is dependent on several factors.
1)   Prioritize the shipping characteristics of the following product: large generator (the students can choose the shipping origin and destination).
2)   Evaluate three modes of transportation as potential selections for the shipment of this product. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of all three modes in respect to the shipment of the specific product identified earlier.
3)   Include a thorough analysis of at least five factors that should be considered prior to the selection of a mode.
4)   Provide a sound, specific recommendation (choice) for the shipment of this product.

4.By the early 1980’s, only airline security remained under the control of the federal government. Although airline deregulation happened over 30 years ago, the ongoing effects are still being felt today.
1)    Compare the arguments from advocates and proponents of airline deregulation. Include a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages as well as the costs (indirect/direct) associated with deregulation.
2)    Hypothesize the potential future effects on this mode under the current deregulated system. Include a discussion of the impact on the industry and people involved (stakeholders).
3)    Theorize the health of this industry in absence of deregulation. Include a discussion of the impact on the industry and people involved (stakeholders).

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1. Strategic Logistics Plan, in hindsight. As I demonstrated in one of our last homework assignments, which I titled “Winter’s War – Hitler’s Catastrophic Environmental Scan”, Operation Barbarossa holds a place of fascination for me because of the magnitude of the strategic logistics mistakes made. (For the record, there is also intense horror at all the lives lost and unimaginable suffering on both sides; there is also gratitude for the mistakes, otherwise there’s some chance the war would have turned out very differently.) Part of the fascination is due to the parallels with Napoleon’s failed invasion of Russia, for similar logistical reasons (only some of which were connected to a failure to prepare for the Russian winter). Naturally, part of Germany’s grand strategic logistics plan for the invasion of Russia included research on Napoleon’s failure (as part of an external analysis). But this proved to be a classic example of an external analysis being conducted, but with the result of mistaken conclusions being drawn – the Germans “foresaw little danger of a large-scale Russian retreat to avoid encirclement and annihilation such as had been carried out when Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812” (Rich, 1973, p. 212). But that was precisely what the Russians did again, using scorched-earth tactics as they retreated in order to deprive the Germans of any supplies along the way – the exact same (logistics) tactics they successfully used against Napoleon. According to Rich, the Germans thought the Russians could not withdraw because of their reliance on the territories in question for supplies – the Germans were mistaken. This was not for lack of awareness of the critical nature of logistics to their prospects of success, as demonstrated by “the only serious danger [Goring] anticipated was a breakdown of the transportation and supply systems, which he believed had been the chief reason for the defeat of Napoleon” (p. 215) – the problem, as it turned out, was that the Russians would pose plenty of other serious dangers, which in turn would only heighten the logistical dangers. All that is to say: external and internal analysis are vital, as long as they are both accurate and work together. The Germans’ erroneous external analysis of the Russians was paired with an erroneous internal...
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