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Joint Logistics

Joint Logistics

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18 July 2008
Joint Logistics
Joint Publication 4-0
 
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his revised edition of Joint Publication 4-0,
 Joint Logistics
, is the keystonedocument of the joint logistics series and provides the doctrinal framework whichdescribes how logistics is delivered to support joint operations across the range of military operations. Joint logistics enables all joint operations and represents asignificant portion of our total efforts and resources.The overarching ideas and principles contained in this publication provide acommon perspective from which to plan, execute and control joint logistics operations incooperation with our multinational partners and other United States Governmentagencies.Recent operations have placed unprecedented requirements on joint logisticiansoperating in the most difficult environments. While support to the joint force has beennothing short of exceptional, the future operating environment will likely present jointlogisticians with an increasingly complex set of challenges. The United States will facediverse challenges in an operating environment that will be more complex, moreinterconnected, more dynamic, and likely more volatile than ever before. Historically,the United States has derived its military superiority from a remarkable ability to translatetechnological innovation, industrial capacity and a robust logistical architecture intoeffective battlefield advantages. Our support to the warfighter has been displayed on battlefields across the globe for decades, and has been studied by our friends and potential adversaries alike. This exceptional logistical capability represents a potent forcemultiplier for our Nation.The current and future environments present tremendous challenges for the jointforce logistician. We have made great progress in recent years, but we must continue todevelop joint logistics doctrine to optimize joint military, interagency and multinationalcapabilities.While the operating environment constantly changes, the outcome the joint forcecommander expects will not. The joint force commander expects joint logistics to givehim
 sustained logistic readiness
which will provide
 freedom of action
to effectivelyexecute operations in support of national objectives.M. G. MULLENAdmiral, U. S. Navy
 
PREFACE
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1. Scope
 This publication is the keystone document of the joint logistics series. As such, it provides overarching joint doctrine on logistic support to joint operations.
2. Purpose
This publication has been prepared under the direction of the Chairman of the JointChiefs of Staff. It sets forth joint doctrine for the activities and performance of theArmed Forces of the United States in joint operations and provides the doctrinal basis for the conduct of joint logistics. It provides military guidance for the exercise of authority by combatant commanders and other joint force commanders (JFCs) and prescribes thedoctrinal framework within which logistics can be optimized for operations, education,and training. This publication is intended to provide guidance to JFCs and staffs, their subordinate component commands, and combat support agencies for joint logisticoperations including the incorporation of interagency and coalition elements. It is not theintent of this publication to restrict the authority of the JFC from organizing the force andexecuting the mission in a manner the JFC deems most appropriate to ensure unity of effort in the accomplishment of the overall objective.
3. Application
 a. Joint doctrine established in this publication applies to the Joint Staff,commanders of combatant commands, subunified commands, joint task forces,subordinate components of these commands, the Services, and combat support agencies. b. The guidance in this publication is authoritative; as such, this doctrine will befollowed except when, in the judgment of the commander, exceptional circumstances dictateotherwise. If conflicts arise between the contents of this publication and the contents of Service publications, this publication will take precedence unless the Chairman of the JointChiefs of Staff, normally in coordination with the other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has provided more current and specific guidance. Commanders of forces operating as part of a multinational (alliance or coalition) military command should follow multinationaldoctrine and procedures ratified by the United States. For doctrine and procedures notratified by the United States, commanders should evaluate and follow the multinationalcommand’s doctrine and procedures, where applicable and be consistent with US law,regulations, and doctrine.

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