A Joint Theater Sustainment Command Responsible for the Retrograde, Redeployment and Reinforcement of Forces
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Challenges faced by Geographic Combatant Commanders GCC and Joint Force Commanders JFC regarding theater logistics require more centralization when conducting redeployment, retrograde and deployment occurring simultaneously. This paper explores the factors affecting theater distribution and joint theater logistics command and control and their effects on unity of command and unity of effort at the operational level. The paper reviews the current problem areas crossing strategic and operational boundaries of logistical support within the CENTCOM AOR. The failure to establish a single, integrated joint logistics command and control organization to manage and coordinate theater level logistics has abated current doctrine, resulting in the good enough solution to a very ill-structured problem. The recommendations contained within this paper offer solutions to achieve a more synchronized joint logistics command and control while maintaining unity of command and unity of effort.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics