Conference Day Two: Logistics Beyond the Deployed Space

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: TRANSFORMATION OF THE UK DEFENCE SUPPLY CHAIN

Mr Roger West, Director Logistics Delivery Operating Centre, Defence Equipment and Support
  • The optimisation of the LCST contract, to procure a wider range of commodities and maximize the utilization of the state-of-the-art Log IS
  • Provide a wider range of distribution services, exploring rail and Whole Force Approach
  • Be the controlling mind to ensure efficient use of all Defence warehousing and storage

Mr Roger West

Director Logistics Delivery Operating Centre
Defence Equipment and Support

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM DEFINING A LOGISTICS STRATEGY FOR NATO

Mr Timo Koster, Director Defence Policy and Capabilities, NATO HQ
  • Placing logistics strategy within the context of existing threats to the Alliance. Balancing readiness for contingency missions with the demands of sustained deployments in the land environment
  • Identifying the critical capabilities which will support the ongoing transformation of NATO’s supply chain
  • Examining opportunities to effectively engage in capacity building for NATO’s partners

Mr Timo Koster

Director Defence Policy and Capabilities
NATO HQ

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM ESTABLISHING A PREDICTIVE APPROACH TO SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Colonel Holger Draber, Head of Logistics and Department Head SCM, Bundeswehr Logistics Centre, Bundeswehr
  • Reviewing the Bundeswehr’s objectives for the defence supply chain of tomorrow. Working towards a predictive model that evades a reactive approach and increases the accuracy of demand forecasting
  • Developing logistical war-gaming scenarios to better predict logistical requirements for ongoing and future operations
  • Integrating cognitive approaches alongside the existing SCM framework. What role will predictive analytics and AI play in Germany’s approach to MRO?

Colonel Holger Draber

Head of Logistics and Department Head SCM, Bundeswehr Logistics Centre
Bundeswehr

11:50 AM - 12:30 PM INTEGRATING A NEW RFID CAPABILTIY TO SUPPORT THE HELLENIC ARMY’S ASSET-TRACKING CAPABILITIES

Colonel Theodoros Zikos, Director C-Branch (Logistics), Hellenic Army General Staff
  • Investing in a new RFID capability to support oversight of the defence supply chain
  • How will an updated approach to asset management be integrated with the Army’s existing logistics architecture at the back-end?
  • Leveraging increased oversight to support efficiencies both in theatre and at the supply depot

Colonel Theodoros Zikos

Director C-Branch (Logistics)
Hellenic Army General Staff

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM THE ONGOING IMPROVEMENT OF NORWAY’S ERP PROGRAM: BEYOND THE INITIAL OPERATING CAPABILITY

Brigadier General Arlid Dregelid, Commander LOS Program, Norwegian Armed Forces
  • Reviewing the LOS Program 2 years on. Assessing ongoing shortcomings for Norway’s management of the defence supply chain
  • Integrating Norway’s information architecture with other supply chain management solutions. Ensuring a holistic approach to prediction and sustainment
  • Supporting information security for the supply chain. What risks does cyber pose?

Brigadier General Arlid Dregelid

Commander LOS Program
Norwegian Armed Forces
This panel will invite logistics educators to determine the characteristics of tomorrow’s logistician. Discussion points will include:
  • Investing in logistical training to improve decision-making, enhance efficiency and reduce cost
  • Establishing the critical skills that logisticians need to deliver support to the contemporary operating environment
  • Exploring how the delivery of sophisticated supply chain management solutions will affect the demands on the logistician
  • Interfacing the supply chain operator with a data-heavy operating environment effectively, in order to avoid a skill shortfall

Major Richard Sanders

Senior Instructor Field Logistics
Defence Logistics School

Captain Bernd Schumacher

Director, Joint Logistic Support Group Coordination and Training Centre
Bundeswehr

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:50 PM - 4:30 PM SHARING THE LOGISTICAL BURDEN: COLLECTIVE SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT FOR THE NATO ALLIANCE

Mr Rudolf Maus, Director of Logistics Operations, NATO Support and Procurement Agency
  • Managing an outsourced defence supply chain to best effect. How is the NSPA supporting the integration of contracted logistical support in readiness for future deployed operations?
  • Using the capabilities of the NSPA to consolidate the logistical needs of nations and provide efficient, cost effective support
  • Assessing the logistical requirements of future operations; agility, rapid deployment, limited footprint

Mr Rudolf Maus

Director of Logistics Operations
NATO Support and Procurement Agency

4:30 PM - 5:10 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: STREAMLINING THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS

Mr Stuart Young, Head of the Centre for Defence Acquisition, Cranfield Defence and Security
The efficient management of the defence supply chain depends on a reliable procurement process. Planning the phase-out of legacy assets and minimizing capability gaps requires certainty as to when upgraded and new equipment will roll off the production line and into theatre. This panel will examine those factors which limit a smooth transition. Points of discussion will include:

  • Forecasting demand earlier and more accurately, to ensure that the procurement process begins on time
  • Coping with unexpected surges in demand
  • Improving the relationship between industry and defence procurement to maximise the chances of on-time delivery


Mr Stuart Young

Head of the Centre for Defence Acquisition
Cranfield Defence and Security

5:10 PM - 5:20 PM CLOSE OF CONFERENCE