The Joint Staff

Pictured from left to right: Capt. Patrick O’Connor, Cdr. Patrick Burson, Cdr. Kadiatou Sidibe, Lt. Kevin Powers, Lt. j.g. Christopher Brown, LtGen Robert Ruark, Lt. Alda Van Leeuwen, Lt. Jeff Good, Cdr. Jason Warner, Cdr. Chuck Dwy and Capt. Ken Epps.  Not pictured: Capt. Robert Williams, Cdr. Tony Yanero, Lt. Michael Baugh

Pictured from left to right: Capt. Patrick O’Connor, Cdr. Patrick Burson, Cdr. Kadiatou Sidibe, Lt. Kevin Powers, Lt. j.g. Christopher Brown, LtGen Robert Ruark, Lt. Alda Van Leeuwen, Lt. Jeff Good, Cdr. Jason Warner, Cdr. Chuck Dwy and Capt. Ken Epps. Not pictured: Capt. Robert Williams, Cdr. Tony Yanero, Lt. Michael Baugh

    As the Joint Staff Director for Logistics, J4, we are responsible for providing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with

the best possible logistics advice to set the conditions for globally integrated operations.  This principally includes advocating for the Combatant Commands while seeking to balance their requirements against service resources.  The Joint Staff J4 has a unique global-joint perspective of operational risk that spans all Combatant Commands and services.  This distinctive perspective positions us to identify, synchronize, and advocate for the critical logistics capabilities the Department of Defense (DoD) requires to support our national military strategy.  Enclosed are a variety of articles to provide you some insight into the issues, roles, and experiences associated with working on the Joint Staff.

    In nearly every one of our J4 divisions there has been, or currently is, a Supply Corps officer.  The Joint Staff offers Navy Supply Corps officers an unequaled range of experiences in joint logistics and provides an opportunity to interact with officials at the highest levels of the DoD and across the joint force.  Our Supply Corps officers are heavily engaged in strategic logistics issues that are critical to national defense, including prepositioning, excess defense articles, doctrine, joint capability development and many more.  The officers typically assigned to the Joint Staff represent their service’s best, and the J4 Supply Corps officers are no exception.  You all play a critical role in the joint logistics community and are indispensable members of our J4 team.  We hope you find the articles in this issue informative and welcome your feedback.

By Lt. Gen. Robert Ruark; Director of Logistics, the Joint Staff, J4