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Logistics and Transportation Imperatives

The nature of conflicts has changed greatly in recent years but it has been suggested that military logistics has yet to keep up. Prospects of improvement in military logistics sector are dependent on the factors or trends that drive or restrict the growth. There are lessons to be drawn from recent international conflicts. During the Iraq War, the Pentagon used RFID from the point of shipment to track all containers using GPS. This and other technologies provided a real-time logistics dashboard, and huge competitive advantage.

The key to efficient management of the supply chain also is to understand and stock what is predictable and combine that with a flexible pipeline behind it.

Supply chain excellence consists of knowing exactly what you have – the condition and location of the items – and managing the flow of that material in light of the shifting patterns of demand and supply.

 

Transportation

More than 85% of all material moves on commercial transport the supply chain in the field are heavily dependent on service transport. Due to different terrain and condition, types of loads and nature of operations, we operate different types of vehicles. There is a need to push technology to the limit to support troop movement by increasing resources for transportation, logistics and supplies. But are we using enough of our system capabilities?

 

Joint Logistics

Modern technology is driving change across the armed forces and logistics is included in this trend. Information technology can act as a tool to facilitate joint logistics and facilitate increased interoperability. There is also a need to streamline logistics and procurement in the age of joint operations. Military logisticians also face the challenge of being under pressure to ensure that all of their assets are available to be deployed at any time, whilst also needing to reduce their expenditure.

 

National Logistics Infrastructure

The logistics system of the Indian Armed Forces needs to be integrated with the national logistics infrastructure and national resources need to be harmonized. Infrastructure like railways, roads, inland water transport, airfields, communications, etc, are dual use facilities and can be better planned together.

Similarly, to meet the demand of clothing, rations, supplies, fuels, vehicles and repair support, etc, civil sector can be developed to meet defence requirements without creating a burdensome logistical setup.

An organisation at the national level is required to oversee, coordinate and integrate national level logistical planning with defence needs.

A common logistics doctrine and philosophy of logistics support is required for the three Services. Multiplicity in logistic agencies needs to be rationalized with a single authority responsible for logistics preparedness.

Privatisation of defence production and throwing open DRDO and ordnance factories as dual use production facilities can result in optimum utilisation of resources, efficiency and infrastructure.

 

Objective

The seminar aims to examine major trends that are expected to significantly impact the improvement of military logistics and transportation in the future and evaluate the potential synergies with the upcoming national logistics infrastructure.

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