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As the use of the private sector in supplementing military operations continues to grow, commercial contractors play a central role in military logistics support. However, questions are still raised regarding the employment of private business: What is the specific role of the contractor in the twenty-first century? What benefits does CLS bring? To what extent should we use private business? And what does the future hold for CLS?

By analysing international perspectives on the use of private contractors, as well as considering recent experiences in the Gulf and world-wide, SMi’s 5th annual conference on Contractor Logistics Support promises to answer such questions, as well as providing an insight into the future direction of CLS policy frameworks.

Welcoming you with KEYNOTE OPENING ADDRESSES from:

  • Robert L Moore, Deputy Director, Logistics & Security Assistance, EUCOM
  • Jane H. Lute, Assistant Secretary General, Office of Mission Support, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations *

with SPECIAL ADDRESSES from:

  • Brigadier Ian Copeland, Assistant Chief of Staff, Logistics, HQ Land Command, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Brigadier General Jean Verhaeghe, Head, Logistics Division, Joint Defence HQ, Ministry of Defence, France

as well as key international expert opinion from:

  • Colonel Christopher Thurrott, Commander, Canadian Forces Joint Support Group
  • Donald Trautner, Program Manager, LOGCAP, US Army
  • Captain Ricardo Vallespín, Capability Manager (Manoeuvre), European Defence Agency
  • Paul Martin, Assistant Director, MoD Partnering Support Group, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Dr Derek S Wright, Director, Derek Wright Associates

Chaired by:

Brigadier (Ret’d) Charlie Hobson, Chief Executive, Royal Marines Association and Military Adviser, BAE Systems Insyte

* subject to final confirmation

Contractor Logistics Support will allow delegates to:

  • EVALUATE the main issues driving current and future CLS practices
  • NETWORK with leading decision-makers and industry experts
  • DISCUSS the role of the contractor today and implications for its employment in the future
  • REVIEW case studies detailing experiences from military and commercial perspectives
  • ANALYSE contractor protection and accountability by examining key legal issues

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (Ret'd) Charlie Hobson

Brigadier (Ret'd) Charlie Hobson, Chief Executive, Royal Marines Association and Military Advisor, BAE Systems Insyte

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Jane H Lute

Jane H Lute, Assistant Secretary General for Mission Support, United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations

9:50 KEYNOTE OPENING ADDRESS

Robert L Moore

Robert L Moore, Deputy Director, Logistics & Security Assistance, EUCOM

  • Outsourcing in the twenty-first century
  • The need for enhancing military operations
  • Supplementing the troops
  • Risks inherent – an overview
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 LOGCAP – THE LOGISTICS CIVIL AUGMENTATION PROGRAM

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Donald L Trautner

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Donald L Trautner, Director of Operations, LOGCAP (GS-15), Headquarters, US Army Field Support Command, US Army

  • Supporting the mission
  • Peacetime planning
  • Case study: Afghanistan/Iraq
  • Answering issues and concerns
  • 11:40 PRESENTATION DETAILS TO BE CONFIRMED

    Andy Tamlyn

    Andy Tamlyn, Support And Logistics Business Manager, Lockheed Martin UK Intergrated Support Systems

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AS A NECESSARY ENABLER FOR PERFORMANCE BASED LOGISTICS

    Leroy Lowe

    Leroy Lowe, OEM/Defence, Business Development, Mxi Technologies

  • Providing real-time "asset visibility"
  • Tracking serialized components
  • Tracking and reporting reliability and cost data
  • Handling the requirements of geographic distribution
  • Leveraging the productivity potential of wireless and other technologies
  • 14:30 SPECIAL ADDRESS

    Brigadier General Jean Verhaeghe

    Brigadier General Jean Verhaeghe, Head, Logistics Division, Aviation, Ministry of Defence, France

  • Operational failure
  • Protecting the contractor
  • The loss of military expertise
  • Issues of accountability
  • Limits on time frame
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 SERVICE CONTRACTS

    Colonel Christopher Thurrott

    Colonel Christopher Thurrott, Commander, Canadian Forces Joint Support Group (CFJSG)

    16:20 CONTRACTORS ON THE BATTLEFIELD

    Sandy Ellis

    Sandy Ellis, President, Ellis Enterprises

  • Future Logistics Construct
  • Asking the questions
  • Wargaming the issues
  • Creating the doctrine
  • Remaining issues
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Charlie Hobson

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Charlie Hobson, Chief Executive, Royal Marines Association and Military Advisor, BAE Systems Insyte

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Charlie Hobson

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Charlie Hobson, Chief Executive, Royal Marines Association and Military Advisor, BAE Systems Insyte

    9:10 SPECIAL ADDRESS

    Brigadier Ian Copeland

    Brigadier Ian Copeland, Assistant Chief of Staff, Logistics, HQ Land Command, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • The land perspective on logistic support
  • Current policy and requirements
  • Recent encounters
  • Recent operational lessons
  • Future opportunities
  • 9:50 THE EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY

    Captain Ricardo Vallespín

    Captain Ricardo Vallespín, Capability Manager (Manoeuvre), European Defence Agency

  • Historical perspective
  • Settings (location - mission - organisation)
  • Capability development process
  • Armaments co-operation
  • Industry and market
  • Research and technology
  • Latest developments
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 THE CONTEXT WITHIN WHICH CLS OPERATES

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Charlie Hobson

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Charlie Hobson, Chief Executive, Royal Marines Association and Military Advisor, BAE Systems Insyte

    11:40 INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Charlie Hobson

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Charlie Hobson, Chief Executive, Royal Marines Association and Military Advisor, BAE Systems Insyte

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 PARTNERING SUPPORT GROUP (PSG)

    Paul Martin

    Paul Martin, Assistant Director, MoD Partnering Support Group, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • PSG focus
  • MoD partnering policy and guidance
  • Working towards industry delivered logistics support
  • Current and future initiatives
  • 14:30 EVOLUTION OF CONTRACTOR ITV IN THE LAST TACTICAL MILE

    Major General (Ret'd) Dan Mongeon

    Major General (Ret'd) Dan Mongeon, President, Defense & Government Services, PWC Logistics

  • When the chaos of a rapidly destabilizing Iraq disrupted subsistence distribution supply chains, PWC Logistics regained end to end supply chain visibility through developing a web based real-time asset tracking (GPS) application integrated with order management systems and warehouse management systems
  • Background and context: how subsistence distribution was expected to happen
  • Key issues:
    - Iraq April 2004
    - Environmental chaos
    - RFID shortcomings
  • COA analysis, selection and implementation: the fully integrated IT solution
  • Results: enabling end to end visibility via integration of order management, WMS, RFID and GPS ITV
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 EMPLOYMENT AND LIABILITY

  • An industry perspective on CONDO
  • Impact of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations
  • How can contractors be held accountable for their actions?
  • Is it possible to limit the extent of liability?
  • Paul Briggs

    Paul Briggs, Partner, Aviation and Aerospace, Bird & Bird

    Elizabeth Lang

    Elizabeth Lang, Senior Associate, Employment, Bird & Bird

    16:20 THE INCREASING ROLE FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR

    Dr Derek S Wright

    Dr Derek S Wright, Director, Derek Wright Associates

  • Looking to the private sector
  • Further use of private companies for logistic support
  • Reasons for increased contracting
  • What we can expect in the future
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Charlie Hobson

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Charlie Hobson, Chief Executive, Royal Marines Association and Military Advisor, BAE Systems Insyte

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