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Military Logistics & Transportation is an eagerly awaited annual conference & exhibition. Built on IMR Media’s well-known quality of events, Military Logistics & Transportation promises to bring excellent networking and business opportunities, as well as insight to the logistics and military transport community.

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. 

Outsourcing of Logistics & Maintenance

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. 

With the pressing need to decrease tail-to-teeth ratios, outsource logistics functions to trade and support industry, thereby saving manpower and resources, there is a need to examine the capabilities available in the private sector and adopt best practices.

 

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