Are we doing enough to derisk the defence supply chainDefence ministries and major contractors would be at a loose end without vast global supply chains to provide the equipment needed to undertake operations in a timely, cost-effective manner. However, as these chains add more links, the complexity of managing them has steadily increased, while the risk of a single vulnerability – and its potential to disrupt – becomes inevitably more severe. A critical supplier may suffer financial failure or be found in violation of labour or environmental standards. Just as worrying, foreign infiltration into critical systems for the purposes of disruption is becoming a significant concern given recent attitudes towards cyber and corporate espionage. It is therefore vital that governments and agencies do what they can to better understand the risks and press contractors for transparency and accountability. Read how defence ministries are attempting to do this - and the challenges they entail - ahead of this year's International Defence Logistics conference.
Logistics - The U.S Marine Corps ApproachMaj. Gen. Craig Crenshaw serves as the Commanding General, U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command Albany, Georgia. He will be the visiting keynote at February’s International Defence Logistics 2017 conference in Brussels, Belgium, where he will discuss the issues of effectively preparing a military supply chain for a return to contingency operations. Ahead of the event, he spoke to Defence IQ to discuss today’s challenges for military logisticians around the world…
Ukrainian military logistics supported by volunteersNovember 2014
During the height of this year’s Ukraine conflict, a volunteer capability emerged, supporting troops on the frontline by assisting with the logistics chain. Providing everything from medical supplies to warm clothes and air transport requirements, these charity-funded initiatives have earned themselves a place within the plans for logistics transformation in the near future...
Defence Logistic Training - A Re-set Opportunity: Brigadier Allan McLeodFebruary 2014
Brigadier Allan McLeod, Commandant of the UK's Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration, presents on the drivers for change and the opportunities available for UK military logistics.
British Forces salvaging costs amid Afghanistan withdrawal
As UK military personnel continue to work overtime in and around Afghanistan to meet the deadline of next year’s withdrawal, it is readily apparent that time is not the only great concern among those coordinating the challenge, but that cost savings are chief among the planning...
Militaries losing millions each year in lost or stolen equipment
Ever had that cold, panicky feeling of looking down and realising you have no idea where your sidearm is? Ever woken up one day to find the anti-tank missiles under your command are no longer where you left them? There are people out there to whom these memories are very real. Military equipment worth millions of dollars goes missing each year and the scale of these losses are often staggering...
The Red, White and Blue of Defence Logistics
Military logistics commanders from three nations join Defence IQ to discuss the challenges, progress and requirements of their field, with an emphasis on improving future supply chains amid widespread budget cuts. Colonel Chuck Mathé (CANADA), Brigadier General Blaine Holt (USA) and Colonel Olivier Kempf (FRANCE) open up on their plans.
Top 3 Challenges for Defence Logistics Experts
Brigadier General Vetter, Commander of the Bundeswehr’s Logistics Centre sets out the top three challenges he sees facing logistics experts over the next five years. He also discusses the importance of international collaboration in logistics.
Supporting European Military Logistics: Brig Gen Dionigi Maria Loria
“Logistics support remains mainly national, leading to unnecessary duplications and a larger than necessary footprint.”
Brigadier General Dionigi Maria Loria, Director of Logistics at the Logistics Directorate of the EU Military Staff (European External Action Service), talks to Defence IQ about the future of logistics for the region’s armed forces, exploring where lessons have been learned and how new approaches can make an operational difference...
Defence logistics is "much more than numbers, dollars and contracts"...Discuss!
Chris Markey is the Chairman of the Defence Forum of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT). He provides advice and consultancy support in both commercial and defence sectors, primarily on supply chain and logistic issues. Defence IQ spoke with Markey about the state of defence logistics today and why people need to recognise the real complexity of this field…
The 3 factors driving performance based logistics
Dr. Kevin Burgess is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Management and Security at Cranfield Defence and Security. Defence IQ talked to Dr Burgess about military and defence logistics to learn more about current trends. Here’s the transcript…
Defence Logistics Chairman David Tasker demands "honest discussion"
"I’m looking for an open and frank forum on where industry can learn from defence or military organisations, but likewise where military organisations can see where they can benefit from their commercial counterparts."
As chairman of the Defence Logistics 2015 conference, David Tasker (Vice President Global Defence, DB Schenker) explains exactly what he expects from the forum and why his company is sponsoring the event…
Preparing For Rapid Deployment: The Future of Defence Logistics
Ahead of the Defence Logistics conference, Defence IQ spoke to Eric Bownes, the lead for strategy and solutions at Fujitsu Global Defence, about the future of logistics and how the transformation of IT systems will impact the market over the next ten years . Download this interview with Mr Bownes, who was a military logistician with the South African Air Force, to understand more about Fujitsu’s strategy in the logistics market and his views on the important focus on rapid deployment in the context of the “Strike Brigades” announced in the recent SDSR.
Defense Logistics Agency director discusses where investment is heading and how industry can support future operations
Data-Driven Decisions: Mark E. Krzysko, US DoD, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics
Krzysko provides this briefing on how the U.S. Department of Defense is improving analysis, oversight and decision-making in the field of military logistics.
Logistics - The U.S Marine Corps Approach
Maj. Gen. Craig Crenshaw serves as the Commanding General, U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command Albany, Georgia. He will be the visiting keynote at February’s International Defence Logistics 2017 conference in Brussels, Belgium, where he will discuss the issues of effectively preparing a military supply chain for a return to contingency operations. Ahead of the event, he spoke to Defence IQ to discuss today’s challenges for military logisticians around the world…