Can the Army Provide Bulk Petroleum Support to Joint Force 2020?
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Over the last several years, the Army has reduced its total force structure of petroleum units and moved most Active petroleum units into the Reserves to offset manning for the Army to modernize Brigade Combat Teams. The Army plans to eliminate the Quartermaster Groups from both the Active and Reserve force, shifting their theater-level fuel oversight mission to the Sustainment Brigades, and move all Petroleum Battalions to the Reserve force. This reduction in force structure and heavy dependence on the Reserves has created capability gaps for the Army in accomplishing its DoD-directed mission of providing bulk fuel support to the joint force. The U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command has developed a course of action to close these capability gaps. However, the recommended changes fall short of enabling the Army to properly support Joint Force 2020 as envisioned in the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership Priorities for 21st Century Defense. This paper provides a more robust recommendation to close the capability gaps and position the Army to accomplish its mission of inland bulk fuel distribution for the joint force.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies