The other aspect, neglected in our Army, is ‘logistics’. The Army Service Corps (ASC) in our Army provides all the transportation in ‘forward’ areas. It also provides all the ‘combat supplies’ in the field (i.e. rations, fuels, oils and lubricants, and ammunition). It, thus, deals with the entire range of ‘Operational Logistics’. It is for this reason that a complete section of this book is focused on the ASC.
Besides these, there are other cases which could have serious implications during war time. For example, in forming organisations, the principle of accountability to go with authority has been violated in the reorganised second-line ASC. The ASC is responsible for providing maximum vehicles on the road but have no control on second-line repairs. Similarly, peculiarities of petroleum products are not fully understood and so on. All these have serious implications and thus have been included in this book.
About the author
Brig Narendra Kumar, AVSM (Retd.) a science graduate from the University of Allahabad and M.Sc. Defence Studies, Madras University was commissioned into the Indian Army on 8 June, 1952 and retired on 31 July, 1983. His articles have been published in several prominent Defence journals (ASC Journal, Infantry Journal, Defence Manager, and many more).
During his Army career, he continued to add several more credentials - Defence Management, IDM Secunderabad; EDPS, Defence Institute of Works Study, Mussoorie; Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; and the Officer’s Long Petroleum Installation Course, West Moors, UK and many other courses.
He held several leadership positions - DAA & QMG (Infantry Brigade) which captured Hajipir Pass; OC, ASC Battalion (Infantry Division in Faridkot Sector), which captured 14 Pakistani posts; AA & QMG (Mountain Division); Brig IC Adm (Corps); Instructor IMA; Instructor, Deputy Commandant, and Chief Instructor, ASC School; Instructor Staff College, Wellington. He was also a member of the first United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in Egypt.
Brigadier Narendra Kumar was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) in 1983, by the President of India.