Armor & Mobility

FEB 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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disrupt and undermine U.S. interests abroad. All phases are directly impacted by an ability to effectively command and control logistics when and where the JFC needs it. This means that we can't posture our concept of support to the supported commander in a "break glass in case of war" mindset because an adversary may not take discrete actions that trigger us to "switch over" to a wartime footing. Yesterday's logistics operations were often ad-hoc, with both elasticity and depth that could be used as a buffer to guard against strategic surprise and to shape our response to an adversary. This depth simply doesn't exist today and it won't exist in the future battlespace. Future engagements will likely be fought in highly- contested environments where distributed operations will become the key to success. These fast-paced and dynamic environments will require a dramatic reduction in the amount of time we take to support the supported commander. It will be so fast that the integration of logisticians to the left of the demand signal will be vital. Logisticians with global awareness of logistics capabilities need to be in the planning cells as courses of action are being developed. Logistics assessments can be done rapidly with real-time data as plans evolve to provide better granularity of the logistics supportability of operational plans to the Commander, Air Force Forces (COMAFFOR). The JTF/CC will then be informed of the global logistics capability across the entire enterprise. MDLC2, depicted in Figure 2, will allow for global visibility of assets in permissive and non- permissive environments to maintain readiness, set theaters, sustain operations, and recover and reconstitute mission generation forces across the range of global military operations. The construct will provide inter-theater and intra-theater coordination for logistics assets and will also provide complete enterprise level visibility for all classes of supply. Imagine operating in an environment where one integrator provided complete coordination of assets and industry reach back. MDLC2 is designed to synchronize sustainment to multiple COMAFFORs and Multi-Domain Operating Centers. As logisticians, you'll be engaged in this fight in many different roles. You might be on a flightline, in a shop, a squadron, on an AFFOR staff, on the JTF staff or any number of places; but make no mistake you'll be asked for your ability to achieve an effect and you'll be expected to deliver. Many of the key factors to your ability to achieve your mission will be from people and processes that are beyond your organization. Key leaders with accurate awareness of the global logistics posture and commanders with the authorities to act on decision-level information will be vital to our success. Keeping Relevant in a Changing World Stay tuned into the evolving nature of logistics support in our Air Force. Think about the changing strategic and operational environments. We must continue to think about these concepts now, identify the risks and opportunities, and leverage evolving technologies to deliver 5th Generation logistics to a 5th Generation Air Force...and beyond. It is up to us to make this happen. Aim High, Airmen! NOVEMBER 14–17, 2017 | WASHINGTON, D.C. SAVE THE DATE November 14-17, 2017 • Interactive Exchanges with Sr. Logistics Leaders and Industry Attendees • 800+ Military, Government and Industry Attendees • Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities Available (Contact Laurie Powell, LPowell@eventPower.com) LogisticSymposium.org COMMANDER REVIEW www.tacticaldefensemedia.com Armor & Mobility | February 2017 | 15

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