Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

James Van Scotter, PhD


For some time, senior logistics leaders have been concerned that logisticians with experience in only one logistics function are unable to create and maintain an integrated, seamless logistics system. The Air Force has recently decided to consolidate logistics career fields at the Field Grade level to ensure future Logistics Group Commanders and other senior logisticians have the broad-base of skills, experience, and knowledge that is needed to effectively manage logistics activities. One important outcome of this consolidation is the adoption of a career progression model in which logistics officers will have experience in at least two logistics functions. Preparing officers for senior leadership requires a concerted effort toward providing relevant job experience and educational development. AFIT's specialized military graduate education plays an important part in this process. This work maps out the specific set of knowledge, skills, and experience that officers need to be successful as logisticians, ensuring AFIT's continued effectiveness.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology