The OSD logistics fellows program: a glimpse from above.

Author:Jerkatis, Bryan L.
Position:Office of the Secretary of Defense

A friend and retired USAF Command Chief would often use an analogy with young troops regarding the differences in their world views versus those of their leadership: "Your view of the ground (truth) depends upon the height of the branch in the tree upon which you are standing." Nearly three million men and women make up the Department of Defense (DOD); how few truly have opportunity for gaining insight and understanding of the origins of legislation, budget, policy, and oversight? The Office of the Secretary of Defense's (OSD) Logistics Fellowship provides selected logisticians the opportunity to broaden their perspective and consider other points of view.

The OSD Logistics Fellows Program is open to field grade officers (04-05) and DOD civilian equivalent (GS 13-14) logisticians. This one-year unit funded fellowship is a developmental assignment that aims to provide an atmosphere that fosters learning, growth, and experiential opportunities. The program is administered by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. Fellows have the unique opportunity to participate in policy formulation and Department-wide oversight responsibilities.

Fellows are fortunate to travel and tour both the public and private sectors in order to observe, contrast, and learn firsthand how logistics operations compare in private industry and benchmark best practices. Fellows, through visits to Congress, gain exposure and insight into the legislative processes. They're also able to attend national-level forums and engage in collaborative efforts with industry partners. Depending on assignments, Fellows may have the opportunity to visit and become familiar with other government agencies as well. Perhaps even more important, the fellowship affords participants opportunities to observe and interact with both appointed and career senior executives, and general/flag officers, including "one-on-one" meetings...

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