|TLog: Preparing Logisticians for the Modular
|by Major General Mitchell H. Stevenson
We’ve developed a new course, the Theater
Logistics Studies Program (TLog), to replace the long-established
Logistics Executive Development Course (LEDC) with which many
of you are familiar. Why the change? Because, in this current
environment of persistent conflict and Army and joint transformation,
the Army must develop a cadre of logisticians who are equipped
with the operational- and strategic-level tools needed to
sustain the Modular Force and solve larger scale theater-level
TLog is designed to fill that need: Its goal is to develop
agile, innovative logisticians who have the decision analysis,
logistics knowledge, and skill sets to find solutions for
complex operational logistics challenges. TLog will provide
students with instruction in distributed theater operations,
joint logistics planning, regional economic considerations,
capabilities and requirements determination for the force
mix and how to address gaps in the entire DTLOMSPF [doctrine,
training, leader development, organization, materiel, Soldier
support, personnel, facilities] spectrum, contracting, data
analysis and application, and strategic and logistics policy.
In line with the guidance contained in the recently published
ARTEP [Army Training and Evaluation Program] 63–702G–MTP,
Mission Training Plan for Headquarters, Theater Sustainment
Command (TSC), TLog graduates will be able to—
- Conduct peacetime planning for logistics support of contingency operations.
- Direct theater-opening operations.
- Manage TSC deployment operations.
- Direct maneuver sustainment operations.
- Manage surface and air distribution systems.
- Establish support of logistics infrastructure and logistics support areas and activities.
- Coordinate force protection resources.
- Manage redeployment operations.
TLog offers an intense combination of logistics study and case studies and hands-on
exercises for majors and senior captains designated for planning positions
within our TSCs, expeditionary sustainment commands (ESCs), and corps and
Army G–4 shops. The course broadens the individual’s logistics
foundation—developed through previous education, training, and personal
by providing a comprehensive military supply chain educational experience within
the overall Department of Defense logistics system.
TLog uses the instructional model followed by the School of Advanced Military
Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. That model features the use of groups of
various sizes with facilitators; case studies, site visits, guest lecturers,
and extensive readings; and the use of the Socratic method of inquiry and the
application of analytical techniques to develop solutions to real-world, operational-level
logistics problems. TLog also has a cooperative degree program with the Florida
Institute of Technology (FIT); TLog students will be able to enroll with FIT
and earn a master of science degree in logistics management after a year of study
at Fort Lee.
The first TLog course pilot began in August of this year with a diverse class
of majors and senior captains (Active Component and Reserve Component), some
international officers, and several Department of the Army civilians. We will
track the graduates of this class through their next couple of assignments to
assess the suitability of TLog’s content and ensure that we have targeted
follow-on assignments that are appropriate. I have personally reviewed the TLog
curriculum, and I am confident that these first graduates will be well prepared
by their TLog experience to make significant contributions to their gaining commands.
The lessons we learn from the pilot course will be used to update and revise
future TLog iterations.
We are also pursuing the establishment of a skill identifier (SI) that will mark
TLog graduates for assignments into those key support operations and planning
positions at theater and above levels.
TLog’s long-term effectiveness will be ensured by having selected graduates
who have served in theater logistics assignments return to ALMC as instructors
to help train and educate their successors. Establishing the SI will allow the
Army Human Resources Command to effectively track graduates to facilitate use
of their knowledge, skills, and attributes.
TLog is a much-needed course that will prepare logisticians for macro-level problems
and introduce them to the organizations and skill sets available to help solve
them. I know that the current operating tempo and the shortage of logistics officers
makes sending them to the course a challenge. However, I encourage commanders
to pick some of their best and brightest majors and senior captains and send
them to us for 19 weeks. The next TLog course will begin in January 2008. Identify
your best candidates now for the next TLog iteration, and we will send you back
a “super” logistician!
Major General Mitchell H. Stevenson is the Commanding General of the Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, Virginia. Registration information for TLOG is available on the ALMC website, www.alu.army.mil/fy06ALMC_CATALOG.pdf.