and during operations. Operational planning has to be flexible and allow for changes due to tactical
developments, losses in fuel stocks and equipment, and other factors that may keep the system from operating as
(7) Planning considerations:
(a) The mission and force to be supported.
(b) The capability of installations and/or units to provide the required support.
(c) The speed with which pipelines and hose lines can be installed and made operational.
(d) Petroleum supply planning falls into two basic categories.
(e) Proper mix of petroleum units.
(f) Ship-to-shore requirements.
(g) Tactical system requirements.
(h) Host Nation support.
(i) Distribution methods to be used.
(j) Planning elements to consider:
Time phased requirements by location.
Storage and distribution points required.
Equipment to be used (rail, truck, barge, pipeline).
Organizations/units required to operate the system.
Joint Task Forces.
The unified commands or CINCs are assigned a geographical area as mentioned earlier. However, for specific
missions, the CINCs will often assemble a JTF. Normally, the joint task force logistics staff officer for petroleum
will rely on the area CINC JPO for wholesale bulk petroleum management. The JTF petroleum staff officer is
a. Coordinating POL planning and mission execution matters with the service components.