Joint and Combined Theater Logistics: The Future Reality
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Focused logistics is one of the four pillars of the joint vision published by the Joint Chiefs of Staff that must be accomplished in an efficient and effective manner. Logistical operational military forces must be organizationally structured with systems that maximize support capability to the joint and combined future military force. The Army is, currently, developing Army specific Theater Support Command TSC doctrine and corresponding force structure. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, future logistical operations in any theater must operate in both multi-national and joint environments. Stovepipe support systems in the individual services do not support focused logistics as discussed in Joint Vision 2010. Critical forces such as technology, tactics, and battlefields of the future are demanding change to the logistical structure that supported our forces of the past. We must develop an efficient, effective, and centrally orchestrated logistical support system which is decentrally executed. A Joint Theater Support Command JTSC is the organization that can allow our logistical support to operate successfully on the joint and combined battlefield of the future. It improves our ability to address all five critical logistics characteristics that are vital to mission success. The JTSC is a modular organization that is capable of operating in an operational environment as the single logistical headquarters in a theater of operations and reports directly to the war fighting theater commander.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies