JTLCJake Thomas Learning Centre (Canada)
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The JTLC could be organized around a number of different functional offices or centers that correspond to the joint functions and capabilities assigned by the COCOM.
In this scenario, the JTLC could form and deploy a JFSCC under the JTF commander.
In addition to the functions provided by the JTLC during noncontingency operations, a JFSCC also would conduct joint theater opening and reception; operate the Joint Contracting Center, the Joint Engineering Center, and the Joint Patient Movement Center; and provide mortuary affairs operations, joint service support, and an airdrop support team.
The intent is to illustrate how the JTLC and JFSCC concepts would support a contingency operation.
On receipt of a warning order for a small-scale contingency in "Atlantica," the JTLC coordinates with the COCOM J-3 and J-4 staff to develop a deployment concept.
If the COCOM establishes a JTF, a portion of the JTLC forms a JFSCC.
The JFSCC synchronizes end-to-end inter-and intra-theater distribution operations and coordinates with the rear-area JTLC.
The second largest institutional obstacle to a JTLC (after a potential personnel bill) is the perceived loss of control over theater logistics assets.
It is imperative to set the conditions and establish theater relationships, such as a JTLC, so that the structure is in place and available in a contingency.
The central issue is the perceived infringement of a JTLC on service component authorities.
In a noncontingency environment, the JTLC would operate as a joint command, on a par with the other service component commands.
For example, the JTLC could direct the Army to repair an Air Force vehicle, based on its knowledge of current excess capacity at the Army maintenance site.