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SMi Group are proud to present the 6th Annual Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe Conference, returning to Budapest, Hungary,  in 2021.

The Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe conference is revered as the highest-level meeting for defence logistic leaders and supply chain managers from the region’s most forward-thinking military nations. As the only logistics conference specifically dedicated to Central and Eastern Europe we are focused on bringing senior supply chain leaders from the region and beyond together to discuss current and future priorities and developments.

With over 120 attendees each year, this focused meeting is a must for all wishing to stay up to date on defence logistics in the CEE region.

Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe 2021 will continue to break the mould and create an event that will assist the learning and development of logistics procurement directors and supply chain managers through briefings and focused discussion groups.

As cooperation between armed forces, and the prevalence of joint logistics operations increases, so the importance of defence logistics as a capability in its own right continues to grow.

We strive to deliver real insight and learning experiences through the expertly selected speakers, all who are recommended through our extensive research and consultation that is carried out across the industry.

- Keynote Briefings from senior officers from Central and Eastern Europe 

- A unique focus on defence logistics technology and joint force interoperability

- High level panel discussions featuring supply chain and procurement managers from the military as well as industry 

- Military logistics equipment exhibition showcasing the latest technology

- Informal networking time factored in so you can gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing regional logistic systems today  

2d Theater Signal Brigade, US Army; Aosta Brigade IT ARMY; Avaya ; Avaya Government Soluitions; Bundeswehr (Federal Defence Forces of Germany); C2 Centre of excellence; Defence Materiel Organization; EU Military Staff; European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel; Finnish Naval Academy (FIN NAVY); FLIR Systems Inc; French Ministry of Defence; General Dynamics Mission Systems; General Dynamics UK Limited; Glenair Italia S.P.A; Glenair, Inc; Government of Canada; Harris; Istituto Affari Internazionali ; Italian Army ; Italian Army Innovation Office; Italian Army Logistics Command; Italian Army Simulation Centre; Italian Army Staff; Jane's Information Group; Joint Chiefs of Staff J6; Leonardo S.p.A; MOD KSA; NATO Shape; Nigerian Army; SurCom International; Thales Communications & Security; TNO; Trident Defence; UAE GHQ; University of Naples;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Gyula Keszthelyi

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Gyula Keszthelyi, President, Hungarian Military Logistic Association

9:00 Modernising Logistics in the Czech Armed Forces to Assist Current and Future Strategic Priorities

Major General Stefan Muransky

Major General Stefan Muransky, Director, Support Division, Czech Armed Forces

• Assessing the current strengths of the Czech logistics division
• Evaluating further integration of supply chains with NATO allies as a priority
• An update on the new Host Nation Support (HNS) and Reception, Staging, and Onward Movement (RSOM) Battalions that are to be fully operational by 2025
• Predicting future requirements to achieve the Support Division’s objectives
 

9:30 Improvements in Austrian Defence Logistics Capabilities to Maximise Capacity and Streamline the Supply Chain

Major General Andreas Pernsteiner

Major General Andreas Pernsteiner, Director of Logistics, Austrian Armed Forces

• Modern logistic command and control (C2) structures to utilise networks for greater information sharing and ensure effective supply chain management
• Regionalisation of logistics forces for greater responsiveness in maintenance and supply chain distribution
• Examining Logistics Command’s contribution to medical logistics and the need for robust capabilities in national and international emergency response operations
 

10:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor BR International Consulting Services GmbH

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Challenges faced by the Italian Logistics Command in Providing Effective and Efficient Logistical Support to Combat Personnel

Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo

Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo, Commander, Logistics Command, Italian Army

• Analysing the creation and sustainment of supply chains that correspond to the requirements of a war-time organisation
• Utilising cutting-edge technologies to transform logistic processes to be automatic, continuous, flexible, and prompt
• Discussing the present and expected future challenges for the Italian Logistics Command in supporting the Armed Forces
 

11:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor Continest Technologies PLC

12:00 The Role of the 104 Logistic Support Brigade in Optimising the Supply Chain to Support Troops in the Theatre of Operations

Brigadier Jo Chestnutt

Brigadier Jo Chestnutt, Commander, 104 Logistic Support Brigade, British Army

• The importance of ensuring reliable fuel delivery for the Armed Forces to sustain troops in the field
• Examining the Logistic Support Brigade’s contribution to medical logistics and the need for robust capabilities in national and international emergency response operations
• Analysing future technological advancements to improve logistic fluidity
• Evaluating the threats and logistic challenges of the 21st Century

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Session Reserved for Thielmann WEW GmbH

14:00 The Role of the Joint Support Service Command in Guaranteeing the Seamless Operation of the Bundeswehr on the National and International Stage

Brigadier General Robert Wilhelm

Brigadier General Robert Wilhelm, Deputy Commander, Bundeswehr Logistics Command, German Ministry of Defence

• The role of the JSSC in delivering robust logistic capacity to the German Armed Forces
• Priorities for the Joint Support Service Command to continue meet German operational commitments
• Analysing the approach to the transportation of large volumes of fuel and water during combat missions to ensure demands are met
• Assessing the need for a common European logistics network to transform cooperation and maximise national capabilities
• Reflections on Defender Europe 2020 and Germany’s continued role as a strategic hub for NATO operations

14:30 Session Reserved for Crowley Government Services

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:30 The Role of the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) in Supporting Current Operations

Colonel Stale Rudilokken

Colonel Stale Rudilokken, Commander, Norwegian Joint Logistic Support Centre, Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation

• Assessing the current capabilities of the NDLO in providing optimal supply chain management
• Engaging with third-party suppliers to provide additional military logistic support and to reduce military costs
• NDLO preparation to deal with the logistical support requirements of the future

16:00 The Importance of Effective and Efficient Medical Logistic Solutions to Support Defence Forces in the Field

Colonel Ladislav Slechta

Colonel Ladislav Slechta, Director, Military Medicine Agency, Ministry of Defence of The Czech Republic

• Establishing an efficient medical supply chain through incorporating enhanced production capacity and technical ability
• Investigating international cooperation and networks between states through working with the Committee of Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO (COMEDS)
• Evaluating the challenges of deploying medical logistics in combat scenarios and the solutions in place to overcome these difficulties
 

16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Gyula Keszthelyi

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Gyula Keszthelyi, President, Hungarian Military Logistic Association

8:30 Registration and Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Gyula Keszthelyi

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Gyula Keszthelyi, President, Hungarian Military Logistic Association

9:00 Developments to Enhance the Effectiveness of the Logistics System of the Polish Armed Forces

Colonel Witold Bartoszek

Colonel Witold Bartoszek, Deputy Chief, Logistics Division, The General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces

• Evaluation of Poland’s cooperation with allies
• An update on the armed forces Technical Modernisation Plan (TMP)
• Challenges of the new equipment acquisition and implementation

9:30 The Role of Support Command in Optimising Supply Chain Systems to Maximise the Operational Effectiveness of Albanian Armed Forces

Brigadier General Ndricim Sallaku

Brigadier General Ndricim Sallaku, Commander, Support Command, Albanian Armed Forces

• Evaluating the capability of the Support Command and assessing predicted future challenges
• The importance of creating a flexible and mobile logistics division to ensure operational success across varying mission types and terrains
• The role of the Support Command in managing the supply of mission critical resources and the benefits of closer networks with allied partners
• Assessing future modernisations and developments within the Albanian Armed Forces Support Command to improve operational effectiveness

10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 The Importance of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in Aligning the Provision of Logistics Services at the European Level

Colonel Henning Weeke

Colonel Henning Weeke, Executive Officer - DEU Implementation Network of Logistic Hubs in Europe, Bundeswehr Logistics Command

• The implementation of a framework to deepen formally defence cooperation
• Utilising LogHubs – a network of secured logistical services for Project Members and wider European exploitation – to bridge operational gaps, to foster resilience and to enhance the ability to act
• The practical implications of wider European cooperation on supply chain management

11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

12:00 Networking Lunch

13:00 Operational Readiness of Logistics in Finnish Defence Forces - Optimising the Readiness and Capability of Forces

Colonel Juha Kyla-Harakka

Colonel Juha Kyla-Harakka, Commander, 1st Logistics Regiment, Finnish Defence Forces

• Total Defence Concept in Finnish security environment
• Logistic Readiness and storage of material
• Mobilization of Troops
• Guaranteeing efficient supply to combat troops, especially during harsh climate conditions
• Strategic Partners: The importance of a 24/7 capability to deliver material for end-users to facilitate mission readiness
• Cost-effectiveness in Logistics
 

13:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

14:00 Maximising the Host Nation Support Capability of the Latvian Armed Forces to Improve incoming Alliance forces Mission Effectiveness

Lieutenant Colonel Reinis Basko

Lieutenant Colonel Reinis Basko, Chief of Staff, Logistic Command, Latvian National Armed Forces

• Updates on current HNS capabilities
• The Rail Baltic project implementation within HNS mission effectiveness
• Assessing future developments within the Latvian Armed Forces in regards with HNS

14:30 Afternoon Tea

15:00 The Role of the Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre (MLCC) in Enhancing Cooperation and Realising the Strategic Goals of Allies

Colonel Daniel Zlatnik

Colonel Daniel Zlatnik, Director, Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre

• Reflections on past joint exercises to determine logistical priorities for future multinational operations
• Analysing the importance of creating multinational logistic partnerships to create efficient supply chains for allies to achieve their tactical objectives
• Obstacles to future joint exercises in the current climate, including freedom of movement and customs barriers

15:30 Enhancing Interoperability to Maintain, Support and Sustain Troops Abroad and Implement Allied Defence Programmes

Mr Mario Blokken

Mr Mario Blokken, Head of the Permanent Secretariat, European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel

• The role of the EAIC in promoting and facilitating the interoperability of land forces through the harmonisation of military concepts, doctrines, and procedures
• Utilising technological developments in additive manufacturing and AI to improve supply chain efficiency
• Employing AI to optimise water supply systems for allied combat personnel
 

16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Gyula Keszthelyi

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Gyula Keszthelyi, President, Hungarian Military Logistic Association

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Gyula Keszthelyi

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Gyula Keszthelyi

President, Hungarian Military Logistic Association
Brigadier General Ndricim Sallaku

Brigadier General Ndricim Sallaku

Commander, Support Command, Albanian Armed Forces
Brigadier General Robert Wilhelm

Brigadier General Robert Wilhelm

Deputy Commander, Bundeswehr Logistics Command, German Ministry of Defence
Brigadier Jo Chestnutt

Brigadier Jo Chestnutt

Commander, 104 Logistic Support Brigade, British Army
Colonel Daniel Zlatnik

Colonel Daniel Zlatnik

Director, Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre
Colonel Witold Bartoszek

Colonel Witold Bartoszek

Deputy Chief, Logistics Division, The General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces
Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo

Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo

Commander, Logistics Command, Italian Army
Major General Andreas Pernsteiner

Major General Andreas Pernsteiner

Director of Logistics, Austrian Armed Forces
Major General Stefan Muransky

Major General Stefan Muransky

Director, Support Division, Czech Armed Forces

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Gyula Keszthelyi

President, Hungarian Military Logistic Association
Brigadier General (Ret'd) Gyula Keszthelyi

Brigadier General Ndricim Sallaku

Commander, Support Command, Albanian Armed Forces
Brigadier General Ndricim Sallaku

Brigadier General Robert Wilhelm

Deputy Commander, Bundeswehr Logistics Command, German Ministry of Defence
Brigadier General Robert Wilhelm

Brigadier Jo Chestnutt

Commander, 104 Logistic Support Brigade, British Army
Brigadier Jo Chestnutt

Colonel Daniel Zlatnik

Director, Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre
Colonel Daniel Zlatnik

Colonel Henning Weeke

Executive Officer - DEU Implementation Network of Logistic Hubs in Europe, Bundeswehr Logistics Command
Colonel Henning Weeke

Colonel Juha Kyla-Harakka

Commander, 1st Logistics Regiment, Finnish Defence Forces
Colonel Juha Kyla-Harakka

Colonel Ladislav Slechta

Director, Military Medicine Agency, Ministry of Defence of The Czech Republic
Colonel Ladislav Slechta

Colonel Stale Rudilokken

Commander, Norwegian Joint Logistic Support Centre, Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation
Colonel Stale Rudilokken

Colonel Witold Bartoszek

Deputy Chief, Logistics Division, The General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces
Colonel Witold Bartoszek

Lieutenant Colonel Reinis Basko

Chief of Staff, Logistic Command, Latvian National Armed Forces
Lieutenant Colonel Reinis Basko

Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo

Commander, Logistics Command, Italian Army
Lieutenant General Francesco Figliuolo

Major General Andreas Pernsteiner

Director of Logistics, Austrian Armed Forces
Major General Andreas Pernsteiner

Major General Stefan Muransky

Director, Support Division, Czech Armed Forces
Major General Stefan Muransky

Sponsors and Exhibitors

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Novotel Budapest Centrum

Rákóczi út 43-45, Budapest, Hungary

Hotel Novotel Budapest Centrum 4* is a beautiful 100 years old building in art nouveau style, located in the city centre, close to Keleti railway station. Easy access by public transport (metro and tram stations are next to the hotel) or car. Many key attractions are within 10-15 minutes’ walk.
Standard rooms are equipped with 48” LCD TV (international channels), coffee-and tea making facilities, minibar. Café Palace restaurant await our guests with live piano music, Hungarian and International tastes. We offer free entrance into our fitness room, jacuzzi, sauna. Free WiFi is available in the entire Hotel.

A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.
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Sponsors and Exhibitors


Crowley

Sponsors and Exhibitors
http://www.crowley.com

Crowley Maritime Corporation, a U.S.-owned and operated marine solutions, transportation and logistics company, is one of the most diversified transportation companies in the world with a team of industry-savvy, seasoned logistics and global freight management professionals that can exponentially expand and simplify a customer’s supply chain, both tactically and functionally. With a fundamental understanding that supply chains continue to operate within an increasingly complex and dynamic set of variables, Crowley is positioned as a worldwide partner offering, flexible, scalable, and agile logistics solutions. Crowley can seamlessly handle most any logistics requirement by offering services that it has spent over 126 years perfecting. As a full-service logistics provider of trucking, air, and ocean transportation and related global freight forwarding services, we continue our proud tradition of serving the U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and other government agencies with a portfolio of commercial services adapted to meet their missions.


GOFA Gocher Fahrzeugbau GmbH

Sponsors and Exhibitors
http://www.gofa.de/

GOFA ”Gocher Fahrzeugbau GmbH” is a specialist for production, service and repair of trailers, road tankers and tank containers. GOFA´s German plant is ranked by several commercial customers as one of the best stainless-steel tank builders worldwide. Per working day, GOFA produces over 100.000 Liter tank volume.

The GOFA product portfolio includes also different tailor designed solutions of tank containers and road tankers which enable Governmental Organizations fuels, potable water and other liquids to store and deliver worldwide where they are required.

GOFA is a daughter of CHART Industries US with manufacturing locations in US, China, India, Italia Check Republic and Germany. Chart works worldwide with approx. 5000 employees.

CHART is producing stainless steel tanks from 2 up to1.000.000 liters volume and other complex stainless-steel equipment. GOFA is using this worldwide CHART network for production, service and support.



THIELMANN

Sponsors and Exhibitors
https://thielmann.com/

THIELMANN defense business line excels at keeping the deployed operations fuelled and watered - no matter the mission, no matter the location. Our flexible and modular 'drop and go' solutions are self-contained, vehicle-agnostic, customizable and designed to meet the needs of our defense and expeditionary force users worldwide. Known for its engineering excellence around the globe, WEW Container Systems became part of the THIELMANN company in 2016. Today, customers doing business with the defense business line of THIELMANN can rely on the same design expertise, build excellence and quality assurance they have known and relied on for more than two decades. From its specialized defense business team based in Weitefeld, Germany, THIELMANN operates a dedicated design, program management, manufacture and testing facility 100% focused on developing industry-leading deployable fuel and water solutions to meet the needs of its customers as they deploy anywhere on earth.

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Novotel Budapest Centrum

Rákóczi út 43-45
Budapest 1088
Hungary

Novotel Budapest Centrum

Hotel Novotel Budapest Centrum 4* is a beautiful 100 years old building in art nouveau style, located in the city centre, close to Keleti railway station. Easy access by public transport (metro and tram stations are next to the hotel) or car. Many key attractions are within 10-15 minutes’ walk.
Standard rooms are equipped with 48” LCD TV (international channels), coffee-and tea making facilities, minibar. Café Palace restaurant await our guests with live piano music, Hungarian and International tastes. We offer free entrance into our fitness room, jacuzzi, sauna. Free WiFi is available in the entire Hotel.

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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