In a military context, materiel relates to the specific needs of a force to complete a specific mission. The term is also often used in a general sense ("men and materiel") to describe the needs of a functioning army.
Materiel in the commercial distribution context comprises the items being moved by the services of or as the products of the business, as distinct from those involved in operating the business itself.
US sees Afghanistan as test of NATO role; At this week's summit, the alliance's success against Taliban insurgents was seen as key to its long-term relevance.(USA)
Nov 30, 2006; Byline: Howard LaFranchi Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor RIGA, LATVIA -- The question looming over NATO's summit in...
Distribution management in the 1st COSCOM: the newly created 1st Corps Support Command Fusion Cell managed all classes of supply on the Iraqi battlefield.
Mar 01, 2006; Acquiring and maintaining visibility of the flow of commodities throughout a Texas-sized battlespace is a daunting task. However,...