Innovation and Strategy In Defence Logistics'

Skinner, Graham
December 2001
Logistics & Transport Focus;Dec2001, Vol. 3 Issue 10, p42
Trade Publication
This article highlights the symposium titled Innovation and Strategy in Defense Logistics, which was held in 2001. The theme of the symposium was set at the opening address by major general Tim Cross. He spoke of the drivers for change in defense logistics and the future role of logistics systems to deliver an appropriate balance of business economy against operational output. Following this John Gilbert reminded delegates that volume of ownership of military equipment was no longer to be worn as a symbol of power and went on to present a thoughtful perspective of the Smart Acquisition initiative of the ministry of defense from the viewpoint of process, culture and technology. The first morning session was concluded by colonel Nick Knutson, who briefed on the plan of the Defense Logistics Organization to apply lean support principles to a new transform defense logistics change program to produce, within three years, self-contained expertise in the integrated project teams to deliver significantly improved spares provisioning and forecasting in the repair loop. After lunch on the first day, a panel debated an analysis that the ministry of defense was inherently inhibited by its culture to innovate. Thereafter, a presentation from Mike Jennings strongly advocated an early involvement of logistics support requirements in equipment design in order to reduce whole life costs. Commodore Bob Mark gave the second day's opening address. The speakers during the morning session were Iain Speak, Philip Bruce, Stuart Burdess and Hans Peukert. The speakers for the afternoon sessions were Allan Duguid, Derek Wright, Nick Morris, and Graham A. Ewer.


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