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COMBAT LOGISTICS 2018 AGENDA
Modernising military supply chains to meet the demands of current and future operations is now a top priority for NATO and partner nations. Coupled with the Enhanced Forward Presence initiative, many nations are looking to procure and develop new supply systems.
Combat Logistics will examine how demand might be reduced in the future to optimise logistics footprints, to reduce logistic drag and to enhance fighting power. The achievement of this aspiration is recognised as a joint endeavour between military forces, OEMS and support contractors who must work together to modernise military supply chains.
Combat Logistics will be chaired by Major General (Retd) Ian Copeland, Former Director Joint Support Chain, British Army.
CONTRACTOR PARTNERSHIPS IN MODERN OPERATIONS
Forces are adapting to become more reactive and mobile, indicating the logistics burden for future military operations will likely fall to contractors. The growing trend in outsourcing crucial military requirements, supply chains and delivery duties has already had an improved effect in recent operations. The opening session will analyse and assess current capabilities as well as look at future requirements that contactors can fill.
OPTIMISING SUPPLY CHAINS FOR DEPLOYED FORCES
Using industry to help run smooth and efficient supply chain operations has proven invaluable to modern forces. Commercial organisations have access to greater resources and the ability to rapidly invest in the latest technology to ensure the customer gets the best service. Delegates will look at the services that contractors can supply to the military and how this has led to greater efficiency on operations.
MEDICAL LOGISTICS IN THE MILITARY DOMAIN
Medical logistics is a critical part of combat logistics and allows the military to look after its key assets – people. Medical logistics entails not just the movement of equipment, but also casualty evacuation, movement of medicine and transportation of blood, all of which require different strategies of movement and control. This session will showcase how medical logistics seeks to optimise effectiveness and efficiency of delivery.
MANAGING LOGISTICS PERFORMANCE DATA TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY
Never have militaries been able to collect statistics, data and performance records with such ease. Optimising this information has proved crucial to many civilian logistics agencies and allowed them to become more efficient and effective. Taking advantage of this information and using it to gain a tactical edge will act as a real force multiplier in reactive future scenarios.
STORAGE AND DELIVERY CHALLENGES IN AUSTERE ENVIRONMENTS
When operating in demanding environments militaries become increasingly reliant on the supply chain to stay sustained. Delegates will explore how militaries have coped with the help of industry in austere operating areas.
CO-ORDINATING A JOINT FORCE APPROACH TO MEET LOGISTIC DEMANDS
Co-ordinating a joint force approach to meet logistical demands requires well thought out doctrine, tactics and systems. Because of the wide range of system used by armed forces, many nations lack a set process on how to co-ordinate and meet logistical demands. This part of the meeting will discuss how the joint forces can maximise their supply chain efficiency and the role of contractors in achieving this.
MEETING EVENTUALITIES WITH A CREDIBLE RESPONSE
Recent years have demonstrated the need to be prepared for all eventualities with forces supplied on a range of scenarios. These include disaster response, national security and conventional warfare and we will discuss how the military supply chain can respond to different operations.
Serving military and government personnel receive free entry to all conference sessions, networking breaks and the exhibition room.
The 2-day meeting is preceded by Pre-Conference Mobile Forces Focus Day.
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