From the Warehouse to the Battlefield: The Important Role of the Joint Logistician in Operational Planning
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Logistics is a key component of a successful campaign or major operation. It is an integral part of operational planning and tactical execution. While it cannot be the sole focus of an operational commander, it is imperative that they appoint logisticians proficient in joint logistics to their staffs to ensure the integration of logistics into every phase of operational planning. Transformation efforts within the Department of Defense have given way to several logistics process improvements however, there are still areas where improvement will lead to a more agile and fully sustained force. The individual services must not overlook the value of joint training and experience and institute processes to cultivate logisticians who are not only proficient in intra-service logistical requirements, but are also able to effectively function in a joint operational environment. This paper explores current initiatives in developing a corps of joint qualified logisticians and explains what is working and where improvement can be made. Finally, it draws the conclusion that effective transformation is only as good as the people employed to manage its implementation.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics