Joint Petroleum Office
Definition/Scope: (JP 4-03) The geographic combatant commander (GCC) has the predominant fuels responsibility within a theater, and this responsibility is discharged by the joint petroleum office (JPO). The JPO works in conjunction with its Service components, subarea petroleum office (SAPOs), and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy to plan, coordinate, and oversee all phases of bulk petroleum support for US forces and other organizations, as directed, and employed or planned for possible employment in the theater. JPOs typically have a mix of Service representatives. Operational requirements may dictate the establishment of SAPOs in support of subordinate JFCs. However, consideration should be given to the operational area and expected mission support, force composition, and sustainment requirements when selecting SAPOs. (FM 4-82) The JPO, established by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, provides staff management of petroleum at the theater level on the staff of the unified commander. The JPO submits the monthly petroleum requirements of all the military services within the theater to the Defense Fuel Supply Center (DFSC).
Broader Terms:US Central Command, Combatant Command, AOR/Unified
Narrower Terms:Joint Logistics-Over-The-Shore