Air Force Persistent Logistics: Sustaining Combat Power during 21st Century Competition and Conflict

Photo: U.S. Air Force. Supplies are loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Kelly Field Annex in support of United States Africa Command and United Nations operations.

ARLINGTON, VA (December 23, 2020) — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Mitchell Forum short paper series, “Air Force Persistent Logistics Sustaining Combat Power during 21st Century Competition and Conflict” by Lt Gen Warren Berry, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection. He is responsible to the Chief of Staff for leadership, management and integration of Air Force logistics readiness, aircraft, munitions and missile maintenance, civil engineering and security forces as well as setting policy and preparing budget estimates that reflect enhancements to productivity, combat readiness and quality of life for Airmen.

If logistics under attack is the key operational problem, then “persistent logistics,” with the inherent ability to posture, sense, and respond, is the warfighting answer. Today and over the next 20 years, the increasing speed of economic, political, and security changes means the superior military force will often be the more adaptable, more resilient force. The air and space forces better able to rapidly adapt to unexpected challenges in the operating environment or unpredictable enemy actions will have a significant advantage. By accelerating transformation towards persistent logistics, the Air Force will be positioned to employ and sustain new and evolved capabilities to outpace, outmaneuver, out-think, and outcompete adversaries as part of a joint or combined warfighting force.

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