This publication is the keystone document of the joint logistics series. As such, it provides overarching joint doctrine on logistic support to joint operations.
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.
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.