Master of Military Logistics Pilot Program



PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND THEMES,
COURSES, AND CORE COMPETENCIES

  1. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:
    The prime objective of the MML is to establish a program of excellence that provides career officers and civilians with comprehensive integrated knowledge of joint military logistics and transportation, and serves the education objectives of the Department of Defense and the state of North Dakota. The program will meet the high standards and academic rigor of traditional graduate programs. Yet it will be specialized and targeted to the unique operational environment and goals of the United States Military. The program will serve the nation and the state and help meet the objective of "life-long learning" for career military officers and civilians. Moreover, the MML degree will enhance the visibility and reputation of existing degree programs, and provide a strong foundation for future academic growth.
  2. THEMES
    1. Joint Logistical Effectiveness
      Joint logistical effectiveness is the highest priority to achieve battlefield success. Effectiveness depends upon focused logistics, which is "the ability to provide the joint force the right personnel, equipment, and supplies in the right place, at the right time, and in the right quantity" through total asset visibility that effectively links operators and logisticians across Services and support agencies. 1 Focused logistics requires the fusion of information, logistics and transportation technologies to provide rapid responses to situations and events, track and control assets while they are enroute, and deliver tailored logistics packages. These objectives are complicated n a joint service environment where secure communications among multiple parties are crucial.
    2. Joint Logistical Efficiency
      In operation and reconstruction activities, time and the capacity of the supply system are often limited. The more efficiently labor and material area used, the greater the amount of material that can be procured and distributed. At times, large military operations can tax the supply-chain system to such an extent that bottlenecks and shortages may occur with disastrous effects on battlefield performance. Joint logistical efficiency is also necessary to keep prices as low s possible while maximizing logistical performance (effectiveness).
    3. Contract Management and Operational Control
      Contract management and operation control are fundamental to ensuring that success is achieved at the best possible price without putting soldiers and civilians at unnecessary risk. The large amount of material moved by third-party providers must be managed to ensure the military makes maximum use of existing logistical engineering capability at the lowest possible cost. With contractual control over the third-party providers, military personnel must have the knowledge, techniques and information necessary to allow operational and pricing transparency that leads to effective and efficient delivery at reasonable prices.
    4. Supply-Chain Security
      Military requirements for logistical security are extensive and unique. In the 21st century, supply-chain security must extend from a unit's home base in the United States to battlefields around the world, as enemies or terrorists seek to slow or halt an operation before soldiers and materials can reach the battlefield. In this environment, secure logistics is a prerequisite for effective logistics. Moreover, rapid logistical responses to crises are necessary, as well as logistical support for homeland security.
    5. Joint Total Asset Visibility
      In the future, JTAV will provide users with timely and accurate information on the location, movement, status and identity of units, equipment and supplies. The capability of JTAC to improve decision-making and performance depends upon the accuracy and timeliness of the information. Currently, RFID is being used to support Total Joint Asset Visibility by providing timely material usage and location data. It is important for logisticians to understand the potential uses and limitations of RFID tags and sensors in attaining military goals and securing supply chains.
    6. Change Management
      The United States Military is undergoing a transformation that encompasses all areas of logistics and operations management. In a very large organization, the management o change can be very complex. L IN military logistics, it is important to make changes in a planned, managed, or systematic sway, so as to effectively implement new concepts and systems in a turbulent hazardous environment. L Both internal and external changes must be managed, including responses to changes in the political and social environment, as well as relationships with key partners and suppliers.
    7. Linking Logistics to Operations
      A fundamental theme of the program is: joint logistical effectiveness to enhance operations. Improved links between operations and logistics will result in precise time-definite delivery of assets to battlefields and substantially improved operational effectiveness and efficiency. Moreover, the linking of logistics and operations will provide joint forces with improved capabilities to sustain and adjust on-going maneuvers and operations. The joint forces of the future will not need to store large quantities of supplies at forward locations because of the speed and precision of focused logistics, supported by real-time information and tracking systems. Commanders will be able to see materials and supplies in motion, as well as the inventories available at storage locations.
CORE COMPETENCIES

The uniqueness of the NDSU program is reflected in its core competencies. These competencies will distinguish NDSU graduates from those of other programs and empower officers and DoD civilians with a unique set of skills and knowledge. The core competencies define the framework for expected outcomes and curricula. Moreover, they exemplify the themes described earlier. The core competencies are:

  1. Supply-chain management in the military and private sector
  2. Extending advanced supply-chain planning across the enterprise
  3. Global supply-chain management and the design of international logistics systems
  4. Change management in a turbulent global environment
  5. Enterprise resource planning within a global military context
  6. Remote sensing and adaptive logistics planning
  7. Joint total asset management, logistics, and security through innovative technologies such as RFID, remote sensing and asset tracking
  8. Transportation analysis and planning for logistics
  9. Contract management and control of logistics
  10. Crisis management and rapid logistical response
  11. Logistics support for homeland security
COURSES

The MML is a cohort program. All candidates are expected to take the same courses in proper sequence. The courses are described below, and the expected sequence of courses is shown in Table 1.

TL711: Logistics Systems (3). Covers foundation material on topics critical to establishing effective supply chains. Topics include inventory theory, forecasting, aggregate planning, quality management and project management. Material is presented with appropriate military applications.

TL713: Global Value Chain Management (3). Provides an overview of supply chain theory with a focus on military applications. Covers the basics of supply chain management including processes within both the internal and eternal supply chains.

TL715: Enterprise Resource Planning (3). Covers material essential to the successful implementation of an ERP, addressing enterprise-wide functionality as well as required tactical functions such as project management and project planning, and provides an overview of implementation alternatives.

TL717: Transportation and Logistics (3). This course focuses on the operation and planning of freight transportation modes and facilities, and materials distribution. Topics include: railroad, highway, vessel, and air transportation; container logistics; terminals and cargo-handling; and military transportation.

TL719: Crisis Management and Homeland Security (3). Provides an integrated approach to crisis response and management within the contexts of military logistics and homeland security. Focus in on problems of natural, technological, civil hazards, and disasters. The role of technology is emphasized.

TL721: International Logistics Management (3). This course provides a coherent perspective on contemporary global logistics from raw materials through production to the customer. Addresses the roles of governments and intermediaries, international sourcing, and the application of local trade laws.

TL723: Advanced Supply-Chain Planning (3). Continues to develop the concepts introduced in TL713. Flexible supply chains are considered. By understanding both current capabilities and evolving needs of the enterprise, the appropriate modifications to the supply chain can be identified.

TL725: Technology Advances and Logistics (3). This course addresses the new technologies that help shape advanced logistics and the advantages that such technologies have brought to end users, suppliers, and a broad spectrum of related industries.

TL727: Organizational Change Management (3). Change management is the process of making either incremental improvements or radical changes to an organization's operations for the purpose of enhancing both organizational and individual effectiveness. A systems perspective and leadership implications are stressed.

TL729: Adaptive Planning in Logistics (3). Presents a systems view with a focus on how remote sensing technology enables sense and respond logistics. Topics include organizational structure, strategic alliances, programmed decision-making, supply-chain dynamics, and the value of information transparency.

TL731: Logistics Research Methods (3). This course covers key research concepts including: principles of scientific research; experimental, quasi-experimental, and observational studies; and continuous-dependent variable, discrete-choice, and network models. The focus is on applications and problem solving in logistics and transportation.

TL733: Military Case Studies in Logistics (3). This course will consist of case analysis based primarily on events from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Topics from courses within the military logistics curriculum are integrated into the cases.

TL790: Seminar (1-3 credits)

TL793: Individual Study (1-5 credits)

TL796: Special Topics (1-5 credits)

Table 1. Expected Sequence of Courses in MML Degree Program
No. Course Title Semester
TL711 Logistics Systems Fall
TL713 Global Value Chain Management Fall
TL715 Enterprise Resource Planning Fall
TL717 Transportation and Logistics Fall
TL719 Crisis Management & Homeland Security Fall
TL721 International Logistics Management Spring
TL723 Advanced Supply Chain Planning Spring
TL725 Technology Advances and Logistics Spring
TL727 Organizational Change Management Spring
TL729 Adaptive Planning in Logistics Systems Spring
TL731 Logistics Research Methods Summer
TL733 Military Case Studies in Logistics Summer


Application, Selection, and Reassignment Procedures
  1. Army Application - submit a complete application by 31 January 2006 to:
    Department of Army
    Office, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1
    Training Management Division
    ATTN: DAPE-CP (Ms Vern Carter)
    2461 Eisenhower Avenue - Room 476
    Alexandria, VA 22332

    The Privacy Act statement, nomination selection criteria and the nomination requirements are at Attachments 2 thru 4. Submitted application should consist of an original and one copy. Application should be unstapled with single-sided documents. Commanders and agency heads should rank candidates in priority order in a separate memorandum.
  2. Upon notification by the selection board transcripts and GMAT scores will be sent to NDSU by this office.
  3. A selection board will evaluate Army nominations and propose a selection list for approval. Approved candidates will be offered education at North Dakota State University.
  4. Army civilian selectees will be in a Temporary Duty Status with an effective report date in July 2006, before the North Dakota State University orientation (date to be determined). MML students will sign a continuing service agreement, committing to continue Army/DoD employment upon graduation for three-times the length of the training event (36 months), and will also sign an agreement covering contingencies in the event of failure to successfully complete the MML degree program.

Attachment 2:
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT

The Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-579) requires each individual who is asked to volunteer, or is required to furnish personal information, or about whom personal information will be furnished, to be advised of the following:

Authority. Chapter 41, Title 5, United States Code

Principal Purpose. To provide information to Department of the Army officials for use in assessing personal skills, knowledge and abilities needed to support proposed training assignments and in making selections for post-training assignments for civilian employees.

Routine Uses. Information to be furnished by or about civilian employees nominated by employing activity for official assignment to Army-sponsored long-term-training, such as the Masters in Military Logistics (MML) degree program, will be used by Department of the Army officials to process approval of proposed assignments.

Mandatory or Voluntary Disclosure and Effect on Employee when Information is Not Provided. Disclosure by or about a civilian employee of personal information requested for nomination to the Army-sponsored Masters in Military Logistics (MML) degree program, such as position title, series and grade, annual salary and employment history is mandatory. Nondisclosure of information may prevent Department of the Army officials from giving employees full consideration for resources requested from Department of the Army to support proposed assignments.


Attachment 3:
CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION AND SELECTION

To receive consideration to participate in the Department of the Army-sponsored Masters in Military Logistics (MML) degree program, a candidate should:

  1. Have, by the time class begins:
    1. a "secret" security clearance,
    2. three-years of professional Government civilian or military experience at GS-09 and above,
  2. Be in grades GS 11-13 or hold rank of Captain/Major
  3. Be in a career field or career program that includes significant logistics/military logistics duties.

North Dakota State University Requirements. Applicants must have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or greater in their undergraduate studies, meet all graduate school requirements for admission, and have the proper preparation to undertake graduate training at NDSU. The minimum qualifications include courses in calculus, a course in statistics, and aptitude for quantitative analysis.

Evaluation Factors. Evaluation criteria to be applied by the selection board include: career goals, demonstrated breadth of experience, leadership skills, potential for further advancement, and board interview results. These factors will influence ratings against the criteria:

  1. The individual's demonstrated performance in a variety of related positions;
  2. The timeliness of this training and a reasonable expectation that the acquired competencies will be utilized upon completion of training;
  3. The probability of completion of the program, based on the nominee's GMAT scores, undergraduate/graduate grade-point average of 3.0 or better, and any actual experience in graduate course work; and,
  4. The extent of involvement in self-development activities such as off-duty job-related education/training and participation in related professional organizations.

Attachment 4:
NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS

Complete packages for the Masters in Military Logistics (MML) Class of 2006 will be assembled as shown below. Send an original and one copy of all pages (single-sided) through the nominee's MACOM to the HQDA Career Management Division by 31 January 2006.

Tab A. Command Endorsement(s). Two letters of endorsement by Command and senior Logistics official(s ) in related career fields/career programs (Command and/or HQDA) that cite recognized work accomplishments that are highly desirable. Commanders should also rank-order multiple candidates.

Tab B. Application for training can be found at http://cpol.army.mil/library/train/catalog/pkt_fcrcpd.html (NOTE: MML is not ACTEDs funded, but the ACTEDS application will be used)

Tab C. Nominee's Statement of Interest. State short and long-term career goals; express desire to attend the NDSU MML degree program and describe how it will fit in with the pursuit of career goals; assess how both the individual candidate and the Department of the Army will benefit from the nominee's attendance at MML; acknowledge AR 690-400 training agreement obligations and willingness to remain in the service of the Department of Defense for at least 36 months following graduation; state willingness to abide by the North Dakota State University's rules and regulations; describe professional and personal expectations in a follow-on operational assignment; and assess nominee's ability to fulfill the required mobility.

Tab D. Operational Assignment Form. The candidate will identify recommendation/preference for type of work (job series, organization, command level) for reassignment upon graduation. The nominee's supervisor will identify and recommend an operational assignment in the same command or agency for the candidate.

Tab E. Resume. Cut and paste your Resume from RESUMIX into MS WORD and print DO NOT INCLUDE SUPPLEMENTAL DATA.

Tab F. College Transcripts. A copy of the applicant's transcript(s) will accompany the nomination package. Once a nominee is notified of selection to the MML degree program, transcripts will be forwarded by G-1 directly to NDSU.

Tab G. GMAT Score. A GMAT score is required for consideration into the MML degree program. GMAT scores must be available to the selection board by the time the board convenes, date to be determined. GMAT scores are valid for 5-years, therefore, the GMAT must have been taken later than January 2001. Applicant's whose GMAT scores are not available when the selection board convenes, will not be considered.

NOTE: Military service members, Active, Reserve, and National Guard, looking to take the GMAT may be eligible for reimbursement of their $200 test fee. To receive the reimbursement the service member must:

To receive the reimbursement you must file within 90 days after the test was scheduled. You will be required to have the Army Education Center or Installation Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Test Control Officer (TCO) complete and sign the reimbursement form and attach your official scores with it. Contact your local Army Education Center for further information.

Tab H. SF181, Race/National Origin Identification. The form is available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/sf.htm

MAIL ALL DOCUMENTS TO:

Department of Army
Office, Deputy Chief of Staff, G1
ATTN: DAPE-CP (Ms. Vern Carter)
2461 Eisenhower Avenue - Room 476
Alexandria, VA 22331


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