Wednesday August 3, 2011
What is it?
The Theater Logistics Planners Program (TLog), offered by the Army Logistics University (ALU) at Fort Lee, Va., prepares U.S. Army officers and civilians to be agile and adaptive logistics planners with potential to serve in planning positions throughout the Army. Graduates leave with significantly improved critical and creative thinking skills to solve operational and strategic logistics problems, such as phased operational drawdown planning and overall theater concept of support development. The 19-week resident course is offered twice a year. U.S. Army officer graduates of the TLog program earn a P-1 additional skill identifier recognizing them as theater- level logistics planners.
Graduates of TLog are typically assigned to sustainment brigades, expeditionary and theater sustainment commands, corps headquarters, Army service component commands, or other joint and multinational headquarters.
Additionally, students enrolled in the cooperative degree program with the Florida Institute of Technology earn 12 hours credit towards a master’s degree in Logistics Management.
What has the Army done?
Since its inception in 2008, TLog has produced more than 120 graduates who have become essential logistics planners credited with envisioning and creating successful concepts of support for recent contingency, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance operations, and the current campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. These graduates are the “complex problem solvers” for logistics.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
TLog graduates will continue to:
- Be effective planners who apply operational level sustainment art and science in a global environment
- Demonstrate critical and creative thinking in developing solutions to contemporary operational sustainment problems
- Understand the complexities of past and future operational sustainment environments
- Understand how to leverage and support strategic sustainment partners Joint logistics capabilities in the JAO, contractual programs and non-government offices
- Demonstrate planning and synchronization for all facets of supply chain management as well as theater opening and force structure development
- Communicate effectively verbally, graphically and in writing
Why is this important to the Army?
TLog graduates are capable of preparing sustainment plans that include strategic partner reach-back to meet any crisis or deliberate Army action. The Army needs sustainment planners who are creative and think critically to meet the challenges of future armed conflict at the operational and strategic level. TLog develops world-class logistics planners for our Army.
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