Accession Number : ADA331296

Title :   Joint Logistics at the Operational Level-- Where Are We At and Where Are We Going?

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Pate, Steven W.

PDF Url : ADA331296

Report Date : 22 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 67

Abstract : This paper analyzes operational logistics for land warfare to determine if there is a requirement for an echelon above corps joint logistics command. It will also determine if U.S. army command and control support organizations such as the Corps Support Command, Theater Army Area Command, or the conceptual Theater Support Command are suitable to support this command and control function. Additionally, the paper argues that the centralized planning and control function provided by a Joint Logistic Command is a primary step to focusing logistics. Operations since the enactment of the Goldwater-Nichols Act in 1986 have seen an increased use of a joint logistics command and control structure to focus the logistics effort of the theater and/or area of operation. The consolidation of Defense Logistics and Services agencies have increased the need for a consolidated logistics control node at the operational level to orchestrate strategic level support to the tactical level. This link creates a seamless logistics system. Historically, in all major conflicts the U.S. Military Services have operated as joint force; integration however, is usually only at the highest level. The current and future trend of joint operations is to integrate service capabilities to include logistics at the lower Joint Task Force (JTF) level. The paper concludes that the U.S. Military operates joint logistics for landbased operations primarily with the Army and in the future this trend should continue with increased service integration. However, joint logistics doctrine must be authoritative to drive the integration process.

Descriptors :   *ARMY OPERATIONS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), LOGISTICS SUPPORT, LAND WARFARE, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, TASK FORCES, INTEGRATION, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, CENTRALIZED.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE