Supporting Air and Space Expeditionary Forces: Lessons from Operation Enduring Freedom

By Robert S. Tripp; Kristin F. Lynch et al. | Go to book overview

Chapter Five
FORWARD SUPPORT LOCATION/CONUS SUPPORT
LOCATION PREPARATION FOR MEETING
UNCERTAIN FOL REQUIREMENTS
The ability to quickly link a global network of forward support locations (FSLs) and CONUS support locations (CSLs) to meet FOL deployment and sustainment needs is vital to every operation. In this chapter, we analyze JTF NA and OEF data to illustrate the importance of this global network. We also discuss some of the limitations of the current network in meeting operational needs.
FINDINGS
Our findings are in the following areas:
FSLs as supply locations
CSLs and C2
Maintenance FSLs/CIRFs.

FSLs as Supply Locations

Combat support resources dominated the total movement in both JTF NA and OEF, as shown in Figure 5.1. An analysis of the JTF NA and OEF TPFDDs, as well as data provided by the CENTAF WRM contractor, DynCorp, for OEF, shows that during JTF NA, aviation units and their associated maintenance functions accounted for only 20 percent of the tonnage moved to FOLs; during OEF, they accounted for only 9 percent of the movement. Aerial port equipment

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