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 HaikalCommander
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
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 Alrumaidhin81st 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 LukowskiChief 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
Colonel Daniel ZlatnikDirector 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
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
Captain Mubarak Al SabahCommander
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.
1:30 pm - 2:10 pm Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR)
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 HerbautDirector of the Movement Coordination Centre Europe
French Air Force