World's leading logistics generals congregate in Doha
- Qatar: Wednesday, November 14 - 2012 at 09:35
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The 2nd annual Qatar Defence Logistics and Support Forum drew to a close yesterday after a very successful 3 days of high level presentations and discussions. Not only did the event serve as a learning platform for all those involved but enabled the numerous international and regional forces to debate best practice and a roadmap for the future. These discussions were complimented by the strong industry attendance.
In his keynote presentation Major General Lauriston of the French Air Force discussed Operation Unified Protector in Libya where France and Qatar worked together in a coalition. The key points were training for a contingency, building trust and interoperability within coalitions.
Following the opening keynote speech Brigadier General Leisenring of the US Army Central Command talked about contracting and the importance of using local contracting support. Brigadier General Leisenring stated that the key challenge for logisticians today is "doing more with less" and "finding new ways to meet operational requirements". He closed by saying, forces must look at "what we need not just what we want".
The UK MoD were represented by Brigadier Mark Dunn who took the audience through the developments in logistics in recent times, he also talked on the importance of incentivizing both partners in government and contractor relationships.
The second day started with Vice Admiral Gauzolino examining lifecycle management and the importance of designing ships with the next 50 years in mind. Continuing the naval theme Rear Admiral Wang looked at coalition operations and maximizing the utilisation of scarce resources.
The discussion panel closing the day agreed that both a change in mind-set and closer work through coalitions were the way forward and that forces should start considering themselves one coalition with a mutual goal.
On the final day, focused on joint logistics, delegates took a look at the best practice in this area, with examples from the French MoD, Royal Navy and Italian Air Force.
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