Joint Deployment Energy Planning and Logistics Optimization Initiative (J-DEPLOI) [video]
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Current logistical planners lack the analytic tools and methods to consider Operational Energy (OE) requirements early enough within the Joint Planning Process (JPP) when developing Department of Defense war plans. Consequently, these plans have the potential to include logistics supportability risks that may or may not be recognized by decision makers in a timely manner. The United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR) is characterized by vast distances with few—if any—logistical nodes and hubs. USINDOPACOM plans often involve the transit and transportation of tremendous amounts of people, equipment, fuel, and other critical supplies in a complicated and complex portion of the globe. Moreover, potential near-peer adversaries within the region further confound the sustainment of US forces, partners, and allies. Put simply, the consideration of logistical risks must be identified and considered as early as possible in the joint deliberate planning process before a course of action is selected and while mitigation options can be incorporated. In light of these challenges, USINDOPACOM with support from the Assistant Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering – Operational Energy (ASD R&E-OE) office, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research & Development Center – Geospatial Research Laboratory (USACE ERDC GRL), Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), and Group W, INC. developed the Joint Deployment Energy Planning and Optimization Initiative (J-DEPLOI). J-DEPLOI seeks to provide an analytic tool and associated policy/process improvements to allow the operational planner to visualize, quantify, and collaboratively evaluate fuel logistical vulnerability of various courses of action (COAs). Ultimately these evaluations support the further refinement of COAs and help inform the Commander’s COA selection.
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