Agile Combat Support Doctrine and Logistics Officer by Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, J. Reggie Hall, Air University

By Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, J. Reggie Hall, Air University Press

The Air strength worldwide engagement imaginative and prescient and expeditionary air and area strength procedure specialize in the agile wrestle aid (ACS) middle competency because the beginning for the swift projection of sunshine, lean, and deadly air and area energy forces. Lt. Col. J. Reggie Hall’s “Agile wrestle help Doctrine and Logistics Officer education: will we want an built-in Logistics institution for the Expeditionary Air and area Force?” examines the evolution of USAF logistics doctrine, the linkage among doctrine, procedure, strategies, and coaching courses, and the corresponding program of logistics employment and sustainment capabilities in a deployed surroundings. In doing so, he analyzes the USAF’s diversified logistics officer education courses to figure out if there's a deficiency in interdisciplinary logistics employment and sustainment education. He ascertains even if that education shortfall finds a spot among USAF logistics doctrine and expeditionary air and area strength strive against approach. His learn additionally investigates the USAF transition to the air and house expeditionary strength (AEF) operational employment proposal because the strength projection mechanism for the expeditionary air and area strength and the reliance on ACS because the fundamental enabler to spot particular parts the place the absence of built-in logistics education affects or most likely degrades undertaking luck. After those components were effectively analyzed and interpreted, Colonel corridor highlights the military logistics officer education philosophy as a benchmark to gauge the effectiveness of built-in logistics education on expeditionary approach and logistics officer expert profession improvement. The origins, direction improvement, and application of the USAF guns university are provided as a historic reference for growing congruency among doctrine, strategies, and coaching. purple Flag education workouts are provided as a version for operational requirements-driven education and for example of the chance to combine logistics employment education in present strive against routines. The guns institution is usually recommended as a version for the advance of an built-in agile logistics path to increase multifunctional tactical logistics services. An built-in logistics college is usually recommended as a way to bridge the space among logistics officer education and AEF operational employment mechanisms. Colonel Hall’s proposed Agile Logistics university presents a venue to strategically align logistics officer education with expeditionary air and area strength method and ACS doctrine. His suggestion establishes congruency with the USAF’s international engagement imaginative and prescient and leverages logistics as a strength multiplier bettering the powerful employment and sustainment of air and area forces.

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This correlation is somewhat puzzling as it spans peacetime logistics officer career development and the significance of logistics in war-fighting strategy. Respondents’ comments again provide insight into the perceptions that integrated logistics train31 FAIRCHILD PAPER ing is critical in peacetime to better prepare logistics tacticians to employ combat strategy in war. • For the AEF concept to be successful, it must rely heavily on our ability to deploy and sustain. Training is key; if we do not have log officers who know how to do this, then there will be a steep learning curve when someone gets called up.

8. , 25 August 1999. 9. Ibid. 10. Steven W. Semler, Exploring Alignment: A Comparative Case Study of Alignment in Two Organizations, 30-1 (Honeywell International/University of Minnesota, Organizational Alignment Conference), March 2000. 11. Quoted in Lafferty lecture. 12. Robert S. : RAND, May 1999), 7. 13. Gen John P. Jumper, “Operating Abroad,” Air Force Magazine, December 1998, 28–29. 14. Group Capt Peter J. Dye, Royal Air Force, “Logistics Lessons from the Past—Deployed Operations,” AFJL, summer–fall 1996, 31.

It took a lot of time to become familiar with the functions I was managing. The learning curve was pegged, which made making key decisions effecting logistics outputs difficult. 23 The initial concept of operations phase for both the AEF and ACS development highlighted additional training requirements to support AEF strategy and ACS doctrine implementation. The USAF Scientific Advisory Board’s review of the AEF operational employment procedures suggested that training must shift to an expeditionary emphasis.

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