Army Sustainment May-June 2013

FocusSkill-Based Training Promotes Lifelong Learning for Army 2020

Skills-Based Training Promotes Lifelong Learning for Army 2020

Troop redeployments from Afghanistan, force drawdown, force restructuring, and an evolving national security climate require the Army of 2020 to be diverse and adaptive and learn and respond faster than the enemy to “guarantee the agility, versatility and depth to prevent, shape and win,” according to the 2012 Army Strategic Planning Guidance.
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Logistics Professional Education: A Reflective Practitioner Approach

The Army Logistics University (ALU) invites you to read and discuss its draft “Logistics Professional Education: A Reflective Practitioner Approach.” available at Download this article.

Commentary: Lines of Communication

An Air Force Perspective on the Term “Sustainment”

The Army is typically the Air Force’s largest customer. When the Army speaks, the Air Force listens. Download this article.

Commentary: Lines of Communication

Sustainment Misconstrued

Changing doctrinal terminology is not an endeavor that the doctrine community undertakes haphazardly. The development of the term “sustainment” was not a fad initiated by some colonel trying to make his mark before retiring. Download this article.

Commentary: The Blind Side

A Case for “Soft Logistics”

The concept of “soft power,” a term coined by political scientist Joseph Nye, emphasizes the use of noncoercive means to achieve strategic ends in the realm of international relations and, by extension, national security.” Download this article.

CommentaryRebuilding Technical Proficiency

Rebuilding Technical Proficiency

Many sustainment Soldiers have found that their technical skills have eroded during the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Download this article.

Spectrum5S Workplace Organization

5S Workplace Organization Applied to Facility Management

The 5S workplace organization method is the foundation of the lean manufacturing strategy that emphasizes eliminating waste while delivering quality products with greater efficiency. Download this article.


Audit Readiness: Sustaining the Army’s Strength

All of the Defense Department’s financial statements are required to be auditable by fiscal year 2017. The Army is preparing its organizations to meet that deadline. Download this article.


Operational Contract Support
Planning: Evolution to the Next Level

Embedding operational contract support planning capability into each Army service component command may be the key to filling contracting gaps in the current force structure. Download this article.


Modification of the Planning Process for Sustainers Part 2: The Military Decisionmaking Process

This is the second installment in a series of three articles that review the planning process, from Army design methodology through assessment. This segment discusses the modifications and distinct variations sustainment planners apply to the planning process. Download this article.

OperationsThe Challenges of Supporting a Theater Sustainment Command

The Challenges of Supporting a Theater Sustainment Command

The 1st Theater Sustainment Command’s special troops battalion provides logistics and administrative support through split-based operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Download this article.

OperationsTip of the Spear: The U.S. Coast Guard’s RAID in Afghanistan

Tip of the Spear: The U.S. Coast Guard’s RAID in Afghanistan

In the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Coast Guardsmen fill the important role of inspecting freight containers for safety, seaworthiness, and proper documentation. Download this article.


Medical Supply Requisition in the Decisive Action Fight

As our Army enters decisive action operations, many lessons need to be relearned by Soldiers who developed their skills in the recent conflicts. One such lesson is class VIII (medical materiel) requisition and distribution.
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ToolsKeeping Medical Materiel Relevant

Keeping Medical Materiel Relevant

Conducting an authorized stockage list review board can be critical to ensuring that the brigade medical supply office has only the medical supplies it needs. Download this article.


The Military Occupational Specialty Administrative Retention Review

The Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Administrative Retention Review is the Army’s fix to the confusing and lengthy MOS Medical Retention Board process. Download this article.


What BCS3 Can Do for You

From the beginning, BCS3 was
recognized as a good in-transit visibility tool. Today, BCS3 offers more features and tools for in-transit visibility and a new reporting tool that is easy to use and flexible in the ever changing operational environment. Download this article.

Training and Education

An Alternative to Traditional ILE

In lieu of the traditional Intermediate Level Education or similar intermediate service school opportunities, you can participate in the Interagency (IA) Exchange Program working for a national agency. Download this article.

2013 Readership Survey Results

The exceptional response to the magazine’s readership survey will provide valuable input and direction for the future of the Army sustainment community’s professional bulletin. Download this article.

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Soldiers with the 515th Transportation Company Forward
Logistics Element convoy during a resupply mission in Afghanistan Aug. 17, 2012. (Photo by Spc. Nevada Jack Smith.)