Is There a DDOC in the House?: An Analysis of the Deployment Distribution Operations Center
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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General Omar Bradley argued that Amateurs study strategy and professionals study logistics. Recent US Military Operations in DESERT SHIELDDESERT STORM, and IRAQI FREEDOM OIF have shown that from 1991 - 2003, the US military focused primarily on strategy and the deployment of combat forces yet struggled with logistics distribution at the operational level of war. In an effort to fix this recurring critical operational issue, USTRANSCOM and USCENTCOM created the Deployment Distribution Operations Center DDOC. This paper documents the genesis of the DDOC, discusses the impacts of the DDOC on USCENTCOM and OIF, and analyzes the current status of DDOC formalization in Joint Doctrine and other Geographic Combatant Commands. Finally, this paper provides recommendations for USTRANSCOM and the other Geographic Combatant Commanders to ensure that a fully-trained DDOC can be rapidly stood up anywhere in the world to meet any type of contingency and to ensure the US military can demonstrate its operational distribution professionalism in future conflicts.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies