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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

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Marvin A. Arostegui, PhD


A major initiative resulting from the 1999 Chief of Staff of the Air Force Logistics Review (CLR) was the development of the logistics readiness officer (LRO) career field, which combined three previous logistics fields; supply, transportation, and logistics plans. As a result, the training for a LRO promotes logistics function familiarity rather than expertise. This is of particular concern in the critical area of fuels management. Fuel is an absolute necessity in all military operations and its proper management is vital to mission success. The objective of this research is to determine the impact due to the LRO career field implementation on the Air Forces' ability to field LROs with fuels management experience to fill advanced positions. Interviews with officers with advanced fuels position experience identified the requirements of advanced fuels positions. Spreadsheets predicted the Air Force's ability to fill advanced fuels positions from a manning perspective. The results of this research indicate the Air Force will be able to fill advanced fuels positions from a manning perspective. The interview results indicate that LROs in the future will not possess the experience or education required to fill advanced fuels positions. The results presented in this research provide insight on how to manage logistics officers with fuels management expertise.

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