By Mr. Steve Martinez, CJSL
Center for Joint & Strategic Logistics
Joint logistics leaders gathered recently for the quarterly Logistics Development Council (LDC) meeting. During this event, co-chaired by the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics & Materiel Readiness (ASD L&MR) and the Joint Staff Director for Logistics (JS J4), senior representatives from the Services, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), U.S. Transportation Command, and the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School validated the Joint Logistics Learning Framework and renewed their commitment to its refinement in order to improve the development of future joint logisticians.
The LDC members first heard from Ms. Kristin French, acting ASD L&MR, and Navy Vice Admiral Andy Brown, JS J4, as they both stated the importance of the LDC as it carries out its role to provide executive-level strategic direction and guidance to synchronize and implement a joint logistics strategy to develop Joint Force 2020. Next, members of the Center for Joint & Strategic Logistics and the JS J4 staff provided information about updated strategic guidance documents, such as the new 2016 National Military Strategy, and discussed the implications of the directives on the professional development of joint logistics leaders. After concluding that the Joint Logistics Learning Framework currently used to guide the development of joint logistics leaders is sound, the LDC members pledged their support for continued initiatives that will further improve its use in formulating the education, training, and experiential opportunities provided throughout a person’s career in order to mold the best logistics leaders for the Joint Force.
As a way to feature the opportunity to share “best practices” during the LDC meetings, Air Force Lieutenant General John B. Cooper, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection (AF/A4), and Air Force Lieutenant General Andrew E. Busch, Director, DLA, provided highlights of their respective organization’s efforts in support of logistician professional development. Finally, the meeting concluded with a summary of “next steps” for the LDC and its members to accomplish in 2017 and beyond. The next quarterly LDC meeting is tentatively set for late March 2017, and the specific date, time and location will be announced soon.
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