and reconstituting the force. These issues, however, must not be approached or resolved piecemeal. They must be addressed in the context of a systems concept of combat service support for future expeditionary operations.

Such a concept, which does not yet exist, is needed both to guide assessment of organizational, procedural, and equipment needs and to influence, in an interactive, integrated, strategic planning process, the design of the operating concept. Both the Navy and the Marine Corps must participate in creating this support concept, and it should span the full set of combat service support functions, reaching from the Marine at the outer edge of the battlespace back to the CONUS sustaining base.

RECOMMENDATION: The Navy and Marine Corps should create an end-to-end OMFTS logistics concept that supports the concept of operations at each stage in the iterative process of defining future forces and their capabilities.

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