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Upcoming Defence Logistics Summit puts defence supply chains under spotlight

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"Stock shortages, difficulties with asset tracking, deficiencies in communications and failure to meet deadlines are deep-rooted problems in defence logistics, and they are growing issues for modern warfare." The Australian Financial Review 5/10/06.

With increasing pressure being placed on the military to meet regional and long-distance security, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, efficient supply chain operations and logistics are crucial to the Australian Defence Force.

The Defence Logistics Summit 2006, to be held in Melbourne on 21 and 22 November, will examine strategies for logistics planning and supply chain management in both non-combat and field operations.

Expert speakers will include Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Peter F Leahy and the Director General for Material Systems at the DMO, Brigadier David McGahey.

Bill Leach, Vice President Defence North America, Mincom and retired Chief of Canadian Army and John Barclay, Executive General Manager at TenixToll will provide expert opinion on the role of the private sector in defence logistics.

The second day features an international case study on feeding the US forces in Iraq from PWC Logistic’s Kevin Ruelas.

Featuring a panel of Australia’s foremost defence logistics experts from government, the armed forces and supply chain solution providers, the conference will, for the first time, provide an opportunity for a comprehensive assessment of the most efficient way to deploy the ADF’s $3.9 billion inventory into global theatres of operation.

The conference is being organised by Informa.

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