Today, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) announced the establishment of the OSD Supply and Transportation Fellows Program. This program, now centrally managed, was established through the merger of the Transportation Policy (TP) and Supply Chain Integration (SCI) Professional Enhancement Programs.
The new program is designed to encourage the career development of mid-level DoD logistics professionals, both military and defense civilian employees, who will help lead and manage DoD’s Future Logistics Enterprise. For more than 27 years, the separate functional programs trained, mentored, and developed mid-grade supply and transportation professionals to assume higher levels of leadership and responsibility within DoD’s supply and transportation organizations.
The program builds upon the successes of the original programs and still retains many of its features; however, the objective of the new program is to expose participants to all aspects of strategic logistics including total life cycle systems management, end-to-end customer support, and enterprise integration.
The program begins in July and is one year in length. For a period of six months, military and defense civilian participants are integrated into the OSD TP and SCI offices working on policy formulation and evaluation. OSD works with the fellow’s parent organization and the fellow to create a logistics development plan specifically tailored to the participant’s career goals and objectives. For the remaining six months, fellows rotate through other senior headquarters elements such as the services’ logistics staffs, and materiel commands, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Military Traffic Management Command, and/or the Military Sealift Command.
The program provides a unique opportunity for the participants, exposing them to the full spectrum of logistics at both the department and service/agency level. The knowledge taken from their experiences is infused back into their parent organizations and the logistics community as a whole. The program is professionally challenging, but rewarding. The department seeks only highly motivated military and civilian logisticians that have demonstrated senior leadership potential.
Nominations for the 2004-2005 program will be accepted in March 2004. Additional information can be found on the web at: http://www.acq.osd.mil/log/logistics_materiel_readiness/organizations/tp/html/tranmgt.html.