The Relevance and Future of Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS) Operations
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT ADVANCED WARFIGHTING SCHOOL
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While the United States military is unmatched in its ability to project forces anywhere in the world, this advantage is only enjoyed because of reliance on strategic airlift and sealift combined with world-class port and airfield infrastructure. As an option, Joint Logistics over the Shore JLOTS operations enable strategic ship offload through inadequate or damaged ports, or over a bare beach. The Department of Defense DoD must ensure that this capability is sufficient and integrated across the Joint Force. History has shown the advantage of projecting forces onto the shores of the enemy. However, periods between conflicts have often resulted in decreased budgets and less emphasis on capabilities such as amphibious operations and JLOTS. To continue to provide this flexible logistics option, the Services and the joint community must emphasize its importance through continued investment and increased joint collaboration. A comprehensive study to determine concepts, capabilities, and requirements for JLOTS to support future Joint force structures will ensure an accurate starting point for assessing JLOTS. Doctrine must reflect the importance of JLOTS to emerging concepts such as seabasing to ensure a seamless transition from one method of logistics delivery to another. Continued and expanded training opportunities will increase the breadth of JLOTS experience across all the Services. The platforms and capabilities existing today for JLOTS must continue to receive required funding to ensure availability when needed for the next contingency. Finally, the joint community must explore every opportunity to enhance its JLOTS capability to ensure that this capability is still viable as platforms and equipment reach the end of their serviceable life.
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