a. Joint Staff. The Director for Logistics (J-4) Joint Staff is primary agent of the Chairman JCS to
consider all bulk petroleum matters originating within, or referred to the Joint Staff.
b. Joint Staff Responsibilities. The joint staff J-4 acts as the focal point for bulk petroleum doctrine. Th
joint staff develops definitive wartime bulk petroleum sourcing guidance for DOD. The J-4 prescribes procedures
for reporting bulk petroleum data.
c. Defense Energy Supply Center. The DESC, a component of the DLA, is the DOD MM for bulk
petroleum products. DESC is responsible for procurement of bulk petroleum products and related services until
the product is delivered to the supported Service. To provide timely and efficient support to the services, DESC
has set up area DERs. These regions provide close contact and coordination with the services. DERs are located
in CONUS, the PACOM, the EUCOM, and Defense Fuel Region, Middle East. In CONUS, DERs order products
from contractors, distribute products to the services, and perform contract administration. Overseas, DERs
provide product ordering and contract administration. The missions and general functions of the DESC DERs are
given in DOD 4140.25M, Volume I, Chapter 2.
d. DESC Responsibilities. The key functions of the DESC that impact on joint petroleum doctrine and
operations are as follows:
(1) Act as the IMM for bulk petroleum products.
(2) Establish and maintain stocks at all wholesale DFSP.
(3) Coordinate with MSC for required tanker transportation for the movement of petroleum products.
(4) Acquire, in a contingency situation, the necessary petroleum products, storage, and/or services to
support military requirements.
(5) Develop and publish the IMP.
(6) Publish petroleum tanker delivery schedules or slate, as required.
(7) Negotiate with foreign governments and international organizations for bulk petroleum products
and facilities and any related services when it is determined by the CINC and the service components to be in the
best interest of the DOD.