Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 26 November 2019

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration, refreshments and networking

9:00 am - 9:10 am IQPC welcome and opening remarks

THE AUTONOMOUS FUTURE OF THE BATTLEFIELD SUPPLY CHAIN
Using autonomous hoverbikes, powered paragliders and self-driving ground vehicles to deliver vital supplies to frontline troops may sound like something conceived by the fertile mind of a sci-fi writer, but the use of unmanned drones and robots to support military logistics in challenging environments – often dubbed ‘the last mile’ – may soon become a reality.

9:10 am - 9:40 am How autonomous delivery drones could revolutionise military logistics

Drones and unmanned ground robots with autonomous ‘deliver to order’ capability development has been ongoing for decades now, with the likes of Amazon and Uber already using such technologies commercially.

How soon will it be for frontline military logistics support to resort to the same technology?
  • Reducing the amount of supplies stored at the frontline
  • Increasing the speed of re-supply
  • Multiple applications: Beyond military logistics
Brigadier General Ziad Haikal, Commander at Lebanese Air Force

Brigadier General Ziad Haikal

Commander
Lebanese Air Force

9:40 am - 10:10 am Tactics to utilise AVs into making logistics convoys safer

When this technology is mature and fully integrated into the operational force, autonomous ground-based vehicles will be able to move further, faster, with more payload, and into more dangerous situations in support of army logistics.

What are the first fields of operations to first be benefited from it?
  • Expedient leader-follower (ExLF); one manned vehicle convoys of Armoured Vehicles
  • Using AVs to transport troops to medical facilities
Senior Representative, . at US Armed Forces

Senior Representative

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US Armed Forces

NEXT-GENERATION LOGISTICS WAREHOUSE
Supplies, military equipment and spare parts are usually stored to large central military warehouse facilities, acting as the focal point of all major outgoing shipments. However, a number of inefficiencies noticed there, from dysfunctional architectural layout, to storage mistakes and timely concentration of required material often impose delays to all future steps of the supply chain. Once again though, advances in the commercial sector could help the military improve its processes, its efficiency and decrease costs.

10:10 am - 10:40 am Warehousing in extreme conditions as an element of army logistics

Building and maintaining contemporary warehouses requires a complex approach to their design and detailed preliminary plans to determine the need of warehouse area and volume, the necessary warehouse equipment and technology and their placement inside the warehouse.

What factors should decision makers be paying increased attention to?
  • Planning stores based on the expected availability of re-supply routes
  • Early identification of future operational requirements
Col Firas Alrumaidhin, 81st Supply Battalion Commander at Kuwait Land Forces

Col Firas Alrumaidhin

81st Supply Battalion Commander
Kuwait Land Forces

10:40 am - 11:10 am Digital transformation of logistics packaging, storage and warehousing

With the logistics industry suffering from some very significant inefficiencies – for instance, 50% of trucks travel empty on their return journey after making a delivery – by increasing efficiency and cutting down costs and fuel consumption.

What are the technologies shaping the future of military warehouses?
  • Potential applications for 3D printing reducing the need for parts and goods to be shipped
  • Autonomous packaging and classification technologies
  • Autonomous vehicles for warehouses and logistics bases for improved time-efficiency
Major General Dariusz Lukowski, Chief of the Inspectorate for Support at Polish Armed Forces

Major General Dariusz Lukowski

Chief of the Inspectorate for Support
Polish Armed Forces

11:10 am - 11:50 am Coffee and networking break

11:50 am - 12:30 pm Training for wartime self-sufficiency while simultaneously supporting others’ preparation for war

The logistician acknowledges and appreciates the combat unit’s extraordinary enterprise and expends enormous energy to ensure the maneuver unit’s readiness - normally at the expense of the sustainment unit’s own readiness.

How can this challenge be overcame?
  • Additional time and focus to warfighting training
  • Warrior tasks and battle drills for logisticians

Confirmed:
Colonel Daniel Zlatnik, Director of the Multinational Logistics Cooperation Centre at Czech Armed Forces

Colonel Daniel Zlatnik

Director of the Multinational Logistics Cooperation Centre
Czech Armed Forces

CYBER AND IT PROTECTION
As logistics procedures are becoming increasingly reliant to IT solutions, the same way they are becoming to cyber threats. The urgency is thus created for advanced and strategic military systems to be constantly updated and having their vulnerability gaps covered, in the prospect of high technologically capable adversaries.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm The private sector’s link to military logistics vulnerabilities

As militaries depend increasingly on contractors and civilian solution providers, their vulnerability environment also becomes enlarged.

Is there though a viable array of standards and controls that could help limit their numbers?
  • Evaluating the military’s current airlift, sealift, prepositioned equipment and supplies
  • Working with allied nations to shape an overarching rulebook
Senior Representative, . at Italian Armed Forces

Senior Representative

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Italian Armed Forces

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm The cyber threat to military ‘just-in-time’ logistics

Traditional forward-based logistics, often referred to as JIC logistics, is the method of stockpiling supplies and equipment in anticipation of “unforeseen requirements, changing missions, enemy interdiction, and the unpredictability of war.”
  • Responding to cyber vulnerabilities in military logistics
  • Joint doctrine on cyberspace operations as a unified solutions to all military’s cyber threats

Reserved:
Captain Mubarak Al Sabah, Commander at Kuwaiti Coast Guard

Captain Mubarak Al Sabah

Commander
Kuwaiti Coast Guard

AIR FORCE LOGISTICS
The crisis response ability of the Air Force and the responsiveness to protect its own units and troops wherever and whenever during airlift operations depends on the capability of air support and the potential of transport aircrafts and their crews. The importance of being able to accomplish successful operations anywhere in the world, raises the significance of this specialized area of the Air Force. In addition, airlift provides the military with a humanitarian capability to aid areas hit by famine or natural disasters or blockaded by war or adversaries.

From projecting military power to delivering humanitarian aid, the ability of advanced air forces to operate far beyond their national boundaries provides an unparalleled force enhancer.

Why tomorrow’s tankers will need to pack an increased range of capabilities?
  • Short notice AAR for overseas deployments
  • Defensive aids required to provide for safe AAR
  • The potential of automated refuelling technology
  • ISR capabilities to tanker aircrafts
Colonel Eric Herbaut, Director of the Movement Coordination Centre Europe at French Air Force

Colonel Eric Herbaut

Director of the Movement Coordination Centre Europe
French Air Force

2:10 pm - 2:20 pm Chairman’s closing remarks

2:20 pm - 2:20 pm VIP lunch, networking and end of day two