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Defence Logistics will give you the opportunity to hear the latest case studies, operational experiences and insights into providing fully integrated logistic support of military systems and equipment. Efficient end-to-end through life logistic support is now essential to fully maximising operational capabilities and effectiveness. Ensure that you are up-to-date with the latest military requirements.

Defence Logistics will offer you specially tailored presentations on the latest national initiatives and programmes. Network with and learn from a range of senior military representatives and gain an insight into the latest experiences, lessons learned and support concepts.


Attend and Hear Presentations on:

  • Insights and experiences in delivering logistic support within the Italian Air Force, Army and Navy
  • Contractor support of systems in an operational environment
  • Operational experiences from Iraq and Afghanistan - what lessons were learned?
  • Bringing interoperability into logistic support - how are the European Defence Agency, NATO and the Defence Logistics Agency approaching the issue?
  • Information management for support of logistics
  • Challenges and experiences in humanitarian operations

 Confirmed Host Nation Addresses From:

  • Brigadier General Giovanni Fantuzzi, Chief of Staff, Logistic Command, Italian Air Force
  • Lieutenant General Antonio Gucciardino, General Director, Land Armaments Directorate, Italian Ministry of Defence
  • Rear Admiral Alberto Gauzolino, Chief, Naval Logistics Inspectorate, Italian Navy
  • Brigadier General Lorenzo De Lisi, 'Forza NEC' Programme Manager, Land Armaments Directorate, Italian Ministry of Defence
  • Major General Angelo Ambrosino, Deputy Logistic Commander and Chief of Technical Department, Italian Army Logistic Command, Italian Army
  • Claudio Buccini, CTO, Head of the Logistics Processes, Finmeccanica

Other Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Brigadier General Kenneth Dowd, Director of Logistics, J4, United States Central Command
  • Rear Admiral Klaas Visser, Director, Weapon Systems, Defence Material Organisation, Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands
  • Colonel Derek Smith, Commander, Defence Logistics Agency, Europe
  • David Robinson, DMSMS IST & GEM Program Manager, Defence Logistics Agency, USA
  • Jonathan Mullin, Capabilities Director, European Defence Agency
  • Bruno Cantin, Head of Logistics, Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO HQ
  • Phillipe Martou, Deputy Head, Aviation Section, United Nations World Food Programme
  • Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director, NATO Standardisation Agency
  • Lee Doherty, Vice President, Customer Service (Saudi Arabia), Rolls-Royce
  • Herbert Abela, Defence Business Director, Defence Services, KBR


About the Venue

Located close to the centre of Rome, The Radisson SAS will give you the ideal opportunity to explore all the history and culture that Rome has to offer and enjoy the conference in luxurious surroundings. With two restaurants and the relaxing Es. Libris lounge, make the most of the opportunity to network with speakers and colleagues after the conference.

To book your room at SMi discounted rates, please contact the hotel directly on +39 06 444841, fax +39 06 44341396. Be sure to refer to your attendance at the conference!


 For further information on the programme and speaking opportunities please contact James Haggan on +44 (0) 20 7827 6012 or jhaggan@smi-online.co.uk

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John McNaughton

John McNaughton, Principal Consultant, Defence & Intelligence Practice, The Salamander Organisation

9:10 Experiences and Evolution of Through Life Logistic Support in the Italian Air Force

  • Logistics command organisation in the Italian Air Force
  • Case studies - C130J / Typhoon / AMX
  • Future projects
  • Final considerations and discussion
  • Brigadier General Giovanni Fantuzzi

    Brigadier General Giovanni Fantuzzi, Chief of Staff, Logistic Command, Italian Air Force

    Colonel Cristiano Bandini

    Colonel Cristiano Bandini, Head, Technical Coordination Office, 2nd Division Logistics Command, Italian Air Force

    9:50 Weapon Systems Development and the Netherlands Armed Forces

    Rear Admiral Klaas Visser

    Rear Admiral Klaas Visser, Director, Weapon Systems, Defence Material Organisation, Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands

  • The organisation of weapon system management in a joint environment
  • Weapon system management in a NEC domain
  • Modern public-private approaches to the control of life-cycle management
  • Home base support of complex deployed weapons systems in expeditionary concepts
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Latest Programes, Successes and Challenges Facing Logistics in the Italian Navy

    Rear Admiral Alberto Gauzolino

    Rear Admiral Alberto Gauzolino, Vice Inspector, Naval Logistics Inspectorate, Italian Navy

  • Overview of the logistic organisation and ongoing programmes in the Italian Navy
  • International collaboration
  • Main aspects and areas that the Italian Navy is considering to optimise in order to improve logistic support
  • Challenges faced and what the Italian Navy is doing to address the challenges
  • 11:40 Optimising Logistic Support in NATO Operations

    Bruno Cantin

    Bruno Cantin, Head of Logistics, Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO HQ

  • The NATO logistics vision and objectives
  • Collective versus national responsibility for logistics
  • Host nation support and contractor support in NATO operations
  • Successes and future challenges
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Standardisation and Interoperability in NATO

    Cesare Balducci

    Cesare Balducci, Deputy Director, NATO Standardisation Agency

  • NATO standardisation
  • Interoperability as essential part of capability
  • NATO approach to interoperability
  • The future
  • 14:30 The UN World Food Programme - An Insight into Logistical Challenges

    Philippe Martou

    Philippe Martou, Deputy Head, Aviation Section, United Nations World Food Programme

  • Background to the programme and overview of the mission
  • Challenges encountered and overcome
  • Challenges encountered in coordination and cooperation with the military
  • Future hopes
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Helicopters, Airplanes, Homeland Security and Information Technology for the Through Life Challenge

    Claudio Buccini

    Claudio Buccini, CTO, Head of the Logistics Processes, Finmeccanica

  • The importance of IT for the efficient development of Through Life Support
  • Case studies:
  • A New Generation of Enhanced Logistic Support (ANGELS)
  • Muti-centred homeland security systems
  • ERP type management system
  • Consistent and sound utilisation of best IT practices
  • 16:20 Contractor Logistic Support on Deployed Operations - UK Case Studies

    Herbert Abela

    Herbert Abela, Defence Business Director, Defence Services, KBR

  • Equipment support
  • Life support
  • Getting contractors in the field
  • Work on operations in the deployed environment
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    John McNaughton

    John McNaughton, Principal Consultant, Defence & Intelligence Practice, The Salamander Organisation

    9:10 Italian Army Transformation and Tools for a Net Worked Logistics

    Lieutenant General Antonio Gucciardino

    Lieutenant General Antonio Gucciardino, General Director, Land Armaments Directorate, Italian Ministry of Defence

  • Net-centric logistics - how the Italian MoD is approaching the issue
  • The role of integrated simulated logistics
  • The through life challenge in a NEC environment to maintain capabilities at the cutting edge of technologies
  • 9:50 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Brigadier General Kenneth Dowd

    Brigadier General Kenneth Dowd, Director of Logistics, J4, United States Central Command

  • MRAP vehicle overview
  • The challenge of Joint Sustainment Support Timelines
  • Joint MRAP LOG strategy
  • Field issues and response
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Digitized Logistics for Army Platforms

    Brigadier General Lorenzo De Lisi

    Brigadier General Lorenzo De Lisi, 'Forza NEC' Programme Manager, Land Armaments Directorate, Italian Ministry of Defence

  • Digitized battlespace and the legacy platforms
  • Innovations in digitized platforms
  • Integration logistic systems
  • Italian 'Forza NEC' programmes 2009-2012
  • 11:40 A Collaborative European Effort for Defence Procurement and Logistic Support

    Jonathan Mullin

    Jonathan Mullin, Capabilities Director, European Defence Agency

  • Work of the EDA to harmonise European defence logistics
  • Successes
  • Plans to outsource military logistics to the private sector
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 DLA Support of USEUCOM and USAFRICOM

    Lieutenant Colonel Luis Camacho

    Lieutenant Colonel Luis Camacho, Chief, Plans, Security and Operations. , Defence Logistics Agency - Europe and Africa

  • Role of DLA regional command in direct support of two US geographic combatant commands
  • Current initiatives
  • Challenges
  • 14:30 Interoperability Case Study between USA and UK Ministry of Defence

    David Robinson

    David Robinson, DMSMS IST & GEM Program Manager, Defence Logistics Agency

  • Proof of concept
  • Findings
  • Way ahead / process
  • 15:10 CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Major General Angelo Ambrosino

    Major General Angelo Ambrosino, Deputy Logistic Commander and Chief of Technical Department, Italian Army Logistic Command, Italian Army

  • The logistic governance of complex scenarios
  • The new Italian logistic model
  • From the system of the systems to the great system
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, Close of Conference and Afternoon Tea

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