Encl. (1) to COMDTlNST 4100.7
Engineering Logistics CONOP
III. Logistics System Characteristics
The characteristics of the future engineering logistics system were developed to provide greater
definition of the end state. They have been carefully written to avoid reference to any specific
organizational solution. They were also selected, from among many possible characteristics, to be
consistent with the principles identified earlier. However, there is not a one-to-one match between
principles and characteristics. Several characteristics contribute to or support more than one
principle. To facilitate future planning, characteristics have been grouped into the management
functions of planning, organizing, resourcing, evaluating/informing and guiding/changing.
Strategic Direction. The Logistics Advocate will interpret the Commandant's strategic plan
and set the direction, goals, and objectives of the Coast Guard logistics program and make
macro-level adjustments to the distribution of logistics resources. The logistics system will
provide the information necessary for the Logistics Advocate and others to evaluate the
performance of the system with respect to these objectives.
Logistics Planning. Cross-functional teams will do integrated logistic system planning to
support platform and equipment level maintenance and supply plans.
Maintenance and Supply Interdependence. Maintenance-related supply requirements will
emanate from maintenance and operational plans. Likewise, the ability of the supply system
to provide maintenance related requirements will be considered in the preparation of
maintenance and operational plans. Supply planning will be integrated into maintenance and
Maintenance Planning. Maintenance will be centrally planned and documented for each
platform and for selected equipment types. The resulting plans will address maintenance at
all levels (i.e., depot, intermediate, and organizational), for each integrated logistics support
(ILS) element, and trigger the appropriate planning, programming, budgeting and evaluation.
Centralized Planning for Inventory Management. The purchase and inventory management
of selected items, including the placement and quantity of inventory at all levels, will be
centrally planned, based on responsiveness and cost considerations. The support plan will be
coordinated with and visible to the user community.
Mandatory Checklists for Planning Support. Each ILS element will be examined when
defining or changing the support plan for a platform, system, or equipment type. To ensure
compliance, routine, mandatory checkoff procedures will be used to: (1 ) transition from
one phase of the system life cycle to another and (2) approve design changes at any phase.
The Logistics Advocate will review any request to waive compliance requirements.