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Getting better performance out of supply chain and operations activities is not at the top of everyone’s priority list, but it should be...
By Vice Adm. Keith W. Lippert & Jeff Scott Miller of Accenture
Getting better performance out of supply chain and operations activities is not at the top of everyone’s priority list, but it should be. In today’s world, moving things smartly and efficiently – regardless of whether they are people, product or information– is paramount to success. This challenge is not a new one. But, the pressures of meeting customer demands, fulfilling their mission requirements, and maintaining high service levels is significantly complicated at a time of diminishing budgets. Even though government organizations recognize the importance of making their operations more efficient, leaders must prove the benefit of the change before investing time, people, and money in system and process improvements.
The Red, White & Blue of Defence Logistics: Senior Officer Panel Interview
Ahead of Defence Logistics 2013, three of our commanding logisticians in attendance, bridging North America and Europe, discuss their most important lessons in the field of military logistics this past year, what they see as the immediate and long-term challenges for their respective forces, and how teaming up with other nations and industry is making a vast difference to the landscape.
Afghanistan withdrawal presents logistical conundrum
Coalition forces are still trying to determine the most efficient ways in which to pack up and pull out over $60 billion and ten years worth of military equipment from Afghanistan as the withdrawal deadline of summer 2014 looms ever closer. Last August, a US logistics commander was forced to deny suggestions from frontline troops that drawdown efforts are already interfering with immediate and ongoing NATO-led operations. Complaints surround the need for soldiers to remove themselves from patrol duties to dedicate themselves to cleaning and packing equipment…
The ‘Grey Haze’ of NAVSUP: Examining ERP and the Global Supply Chain
Rear Admiral Mark Heinrich, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, USN, believes the worlds most dynamic, agile, and successful supply chain is managed by the Department of Defense. In the following interview, he explores the current priorities for NAVSUP, and provides comprehensive insightson the Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) solution. Furthermore RADM Heinrich discusses what is required to maintain an effective domestic supply chain in an era of fiscal uncertainty. Examine the current equipment and technology priorities for NAVSUP and the external factors shaping these priorities. Just as technology around the world is progressing at an exponential rate, NAVSUP has adapted congruently to ensure our technological capabilities succinctly work to support the needs of our Sailors. NAVSUP completed its last roll-out of Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in August 2012, retiring legacy systems and enabling the management of the most modern, world-class supply chain
Q&A with Canada's J4 Colonel Mathé on defence logistics
Colonel Chuck Mathé joined the Canadian Forces in June 1977. He was posted to 4 Service Battalion Lahr, Germany in 1988 where he served in Supply and Transport Company as a Transport (Heavy) Platoon Commander, the Company Administration Officer, and the Company Second-in-Command. Early in 1999, Colonel Mathé was selected by the first Army Logistics Officer to fill a newly created joint logistics position within the North American Aerospace Defence Command in Colorado. During his four years he was responsible for combined US-Canadian transportation plans on behalf of NORAD's Chief of Logistics. Following his graduation from CSC in June 2006, Colonel Mathé was appointed Commanding Officer of the National Support Element for Task Force 1-07 and deployed to Kandahar in February 2007. Upon returning to Petawawa in August 2007, Colonel Mathé was appointed Chief of Staff of 2 Area Support Group and remained so until posted to the Strategic Joint Staff in
GAO Examines DoD's Supply Chain
GAO advises Congress and the heads of executive agencies to include DOD about ways to make government more efficient, effective, ethical, equitable and responsive. In 2011, GAO found that DOD had taken steps to mitigate some of the challenges concerning supplying the warfighter in Afghanistan, but it continues to face several challenges in delivering and maintaining visibility of supplies and equipment... What is GAO's role in examining the management of DoD's supply chain? GAO advises Congress and the heads of executive agencies to include DOD about ways to make government more efficient, effective, ethical, equitable and responsive. GAO for many years has encouraged DOD to take an integrated, comprehensive approach to overseeing and addressing problems across the department and implementing associated initiatives. DOD has recently begun developing a strategy to coordinate efforts to improve asset tracking and in-transit visibility. Such a strategy,
Optimizing Transformation in Defense
This whitepaper from Accenture focuses on how transformation represents a holistic and dramatic change. Organizations that undergo transformation reinvent and redesign the way they operate to keep pace with change and stay on course for high performance. Accenture will be sponsoring Defence Logistics 2013 in London.
US EUCOM J4 Director: “We’re never satisfied”
Weighing in on the discussion as part of our podcast series with three leading logistics commanders is Brigadier General Blaine Holt, J4 Director for US EUCOM and the conference’s opening key speaker. Hear what his highlights have been this past year in practical multinational partnering and what he believes are gaps that need to be addressed in the near term.
Exclusive: Canadian Joint Operations Commander Explains All
Ahead of his presentation at this year’s conference, Colonel Chuck Mathé, J4 Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC), discusses the new developments in the structure of Canadian military logistics and divulges some of the key lessons garnered from his Forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2011.
Medical provisions to the front line: what does it take?
Aspen Medical CEO and Managing Director Glenn Keys joins Defence IQ to speak from the heart of the industry on providing clinical decisions and support to military health logistics. Glenn began his distinguished career in the Australian Army, where he covered a range of tasks, from test flying to managing all elements of the logistics support for Army aircraft. Today, Aspen Medical has a successful and leading presence in the Middle East, Far East, North America, Europe and elsewhere. If you are involved in this field, this is invaluable first-hand advice you just can’t miss.
Current and future requirements for European logistics
Brigadier Charlie Hobson (R’td) talks to Defence IQ about some of the current challenges, future requirements and achieving situational awareness in European military logistics.
Air capabilities and requirements in the Italian Army’s logistics plan
Defence IQ talks to Brigadier General Alberto Rosso, Chief, 4th Department (Logistics), Italian Air Force about the importance of maintaining air platforms in order to strengthen air capabilities in varying battle scenarios and also provides his view on the use of 3PL organisations in current logistics operations.
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