The Command and General Staff College designed this program to teach sustainment officers to understand the operational environment, design a theater distribution system
, analyze theater sustainment requirements, determine required capabilities, and plan for reception, staging, onward movement, and integration operations.
The origin of the delays was doctrine and organization centric: "Current logistics doctrine and systems do not support offensive operations across the distributed battle space." (1) Some doctrinal changes occurred in the following years, such as the creation of the Joint deployment distribution operations center (JDDOC); however, current theater organizations, information systems, and doctrine do not meet the requirements for a seamless Joint theater distribution system
* A responsive and reliable theater distribution system
enabled by in-transit and total asset visibility and managed by a single owner that has positive end-to-end control.
That requires us to have a theater distribution system
that's world class, flexible, that responds rapidly, and is very precise.
Core responsibilities, such as theater opening, establishing the theater distribution system
, and sustaining operations across the European Command area of responsibility, matter as well.
As the CDC team studying the theater distribution system
identified the key nodes through which materiel would travel from end to end, the term "partnering" took on new meaning.
The theater distribution system
consists of four networks: physical, financial, informational, and communications.
The ad hoc nature of the processes and organizations in current doctrine and theater distribution--mainly along Service lines--creates a less than seamless theater distribution system
. The result of failing to improve the theater distribution processes is the continued poor effectiveness and efficiency experienced during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Using a hub-and-spoke system as an alternative course of action improved support to SSAs, LSA Anaconda, and CJTF-7 until the theater distribution system
These will support the movement of a large number of containers through overseas ports and the theater distribution system
to forward support areas.
As a result, USTRANSCOM, in its role as the Secretary of Defense-designated distribution process owner (DPO), in concert with USCENTCOM, DLA, and Army Materiel Command, developed the DDOC concept based upon the Joint movement center concept in order to improve the overall theater distribution system
. This was an opportunity for USTRANSCOM, in concert with DLA, to move logistics professionals forward as part of the USCENTCOM organization to affect positive change to the overall deployment and distribution system.
During OIF, available reefers were seized quickly by forward units for chilling food products and were not returned to the theater distribution system
. Resupply of ice required 20 reefers per day, and convoys needed 7 days to reach units operating in northern Iraq.