Campaign: Department of Defense

Combat Service Support Merger

1. POSITION: Cost saving can be realized by the DoD through the merger of common combat support functions of all of the services into a single, joint organization.

2. PRECEDENCE: The Canadian Operational Support Command (CANOSCOM) delivers national-level operational support to Canadian Forces missions at home and abroad. This includes the full range of combat support and combat service support functions such as logistics, military engineering, health services and military police. Because the staff at CANOSCOM is responsible to support a military mission from start to finish, it plans, coordinates and executes operational support for theater activation, and for the sustainment and termination of a mission. At present, CANOSCOM has a core group of approximately 1,100 soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, and civilians who are actively providing operational support to some 3,000 CF members currently serving on CF missions around the globe.

3. DEFINITION: Combat service support was until 2008 (now defined in FM 3-0 as “Sustainment”), defined as the essential capabilities, functions, activities, and tasks necessary to sustain all elements of operating forces in theater at all levels of war. Within the national and theater logistic systems, it includes but is not limited to that support rendered by service forces in ensuring the aspects of supply, maintenance, transportation, health services, and other services required by aviation and ground combat troops to permit those units to accomplish their missions in combat. Combat Service Support encompasses those activities at all levels of war that produce sustainment to all operating forces on the battlefield.

4. SYNERGIES: The DoD would realize cost savings by the merger of the combat service support functions of all of the military services into a single, joint organization. All of the military services have separate logistics & transportation, medical services, communications & information, and other CSSs, each This was accomplished successfully by the Canadian Forces. For all intents and purposes, these functions are performed virtually identically across the services.

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