The SMi Group is proud to announce the 4th annual Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe conference, to be held in Prague from the 5th – 6th March 2019.

As military operational tempos increase and Armies face new deployment commitments across Europe, defence logistics have never been more important as now. Armed Forces must learn to work with one another and engage in joint logistics operations, and with industry to find new innovative ways to increase reliability and reduce costs in logistics. Ultimately, as logistic capacity underpins the ability for militaries to deploy and sustain forces, logistics must be considered as a capability in its own right, providing a genuine operational advantage and increasing operational effectiveness.

Join us as we bring together the key military logisticians from across the Central and Eastern European region and beyond, to discuss new trends and crucial developments in Defence Logistics, and learn how modern Armed Forces are increasingly pursuing improved logistic capacity.

  • Hear from key strategic planners and decision makers from Central and Eastern European militaries, including host nation senior figures from the Czech Armed Forces
  • Examine the latest developments in defence logistics and hear briefings focussing on the strategic and tactical levels of defence logistics, ensuring a truly holistic coverage of the topic
  • Benefit from unrivalled networking opportunities, as senior personnel from the military, government, and industry come together in this regionally focused event
  • Learn first-hand about the future of defence logistics in the Central and Eastern Europe region, as militaries seek to increase cooperation and engage in joint logistics operations
  • Gain a clear understanding of the market and meet key solution providers at the forefront military logistics

British Army; Bundeswehr; Canada Department of National Defence(DND); clements worldwide; Czech Armed Forces; Czech MoD; Ecolog; Ecolog International; EEAS, Belgium; FMLOG; Hiab Limited; Hungarian Army; Kongsberg Protech Systems; MLCC; MN JHQ ULM; Movement Coordination Centre Europe; NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence; NATO SHAPE; Norwegian Armed Forces; Pa Consulting Group; Polish Armed Forces; R.S Logistical Solutions; Rheinmetall Landsysteme; Royal Netherlands Army; Ruslan SALIS GmbH; Scepter Canada Inc.; Slovakian Army ; Spanish Army; The Porter Consultancy; Volga Dnepr Unique Air Cargo; VOP CZ. S.p.; World Fuel Services Europe Limited;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General Jaromir  Zuna

Major General Jaromir Zuna, Director of Support Division , Czech MoD

9:10 Transforming and Modernising Czech Armed Forces Logistics

Major General Jaromir  Zuna

Major General Jaromir Zuna, Director of Support Division , Czech MoD

  • Evaluating how the modernization of the Czech Armed Forces Equipment is Driving Logistics Transformation
  • Current Projects and priorities
  • Optimizing MRO 
  • Collaborating with Industry for optimization
  • 9:50 Examining the Role of the Defence Logistics Agency (DLA) as a Key Organisation in the Provision of Logistics Support Both Worldwide and on a Regional Basis

    Rear Admiral John Palmer

    Rear Admiral John Palmer, Commander , Defense Logistics Agency, Land and Maritime

    • Proactively integrating the DLA’s Global Readiness Solutions to ensure optimal EUCOM, AFRICOM and Service Component Warfighter Capability
    • Leveraging cohesion with the Joint Logistics Enterprise and promoting inter-agency capabilities and industry partnerships between Allied Nations
    • Assessing the 2018-2026 Strategic Plan as a means of supporting US DoD priorities in building force capability and supporting allied forces

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Assessing how the Current Developments in Austrian Defence Logistics are aiding the Enhancement of Supply Chain Management and MEDEVAC Capabilities

    Major General Andreas Pernsteiner

    Major General Andreas Pernsteiner, Comamnding Officer, Austrian Logistics Command, Austrian Logistics Command

    • Modern logistic command and control structures: utilising networks for greater information sharing to ensure effective supply chain management
    • Examining Logistics Command’s contribution medical logistics through the Crisis Response Force: the need for robust logistics capabilities in national and international emergency response operations
    • Improvements to medical logistic capacities including air and land-based MEDEVAC in rugged environments


    11:40 Establishing Beneficial Multinational Logistic Support to Strengthen and Enable Allied Operations to Reach their Strategic Goals

    Major General Dariusz Lukowski

    Major General Dariusz Lukowski, Chief of Inspectorate for Armed Forces Support , Polish Armed Forces

    • Coordinating logistic activity as part of providing civil and military logistic support to allied forces
    • Utilising NATO’s Anaconda 2018 exercise to assess interoperability and enhance Poland’s current multinational logistic capabilities
    • Assessing current challenges facing Polish multinational logistic support and examining current infrastructural capacity


    12:20 Military Fuel Procurement Solution

    Mr Timothy Shipley

    Mr Timothy Shipley, President, KH Inc

    • Aviation and Marine fuels procurement in the commercial marketplace
    • Fuel spending transparency, auditability and accountability
    • Flexible solution for contract and non-contract fuel
    • Solution built for today’s and tomorrow’s military requirements

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Establishing Coordinated and Effective Fuel Supply Chain Management Across through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) for Cohesive Mission Preparedness

    Mr Paul Hammond

    Mr Paul Hammond, Chief of Staff, NSPA -NATO

    • Promoting current NSPA capabilities as a competent logistics framework and a means of enhancing cross nation congruity in fuel logistics
    • Implementing efficient and cost-effective processes to consolidate the joint logistical needs of allied nations  
    • Evaluating future operational requirements through regional situational awareness and subsequent developments in logistical needs and fuel supply

    14:40 Matching Fuel Demand to Requirement

    Mr Graham Grice

    Mr Graham Grice, Military Account Director, World Fuel Services Europe Limited

  • Nature of the requirement.
  • Securing and maintaining supply.
  • Ensuring quality.
  • Maximising relationships.
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Ensuring Effective MRO Capabilities and Logistical Support to the Croatian Armed Forces

    Captain Milan Zunic

    Captain Milan Zunic, Chief of Logistics Directorate, Croatian Army

    • Assessing the efficacy of the current transportation and logistics execution strategy in place to provide the Croatian military with sufficient operational capability
    • Collaborating with regional partners through joint operations to enhance existing MRO capacity and further build logistical sufficiency
    • Looking to the future and the current plans in place to support MRO in the most economically efficient manner

    16:30 Sponsor Session Reserved for WEW

    Mr Falko Pfeuffer

    Mr Falko Pfeuffer, Head of Defence, WEW, a Thielmann Company

    17:10 Enhancing Logistical Capabilities in the Provision of Support to Ensure Operational Success in the Transportation of Resources

    Colonel Istvan Nyitrai

    Colonel Istvan Nyitrai, Head of Movement and Transportation Department, Hungarian Defence Forces

    • Assessing current trends in support and operations being carried out by the Hungarian Armed Forces and the logistics framework in place to facilitate this
    • Logistical interoperability with friendly nations while transporting resources
    • Enhancing the multifunctionality of current frameworks for more dynamic logistical support of military operations
    • Looking to the future and the current plans in place to support transportation provision and its integration into pre-existing military infrastructure

    17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Major General Jaromir  Zuna

    Major General Jaromir Zuna, Director of Support Division , Czech MoD

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General Jaromir  Zuna

    Major General Jaromir Zuna, Director of Support Division , Czech MoD

    9:10 Providing Optimal Levels of Logistic Support to Ensure Operational Success within the Czech Armed Forces

    Colonel Martin Stochl

    Colonel Martin Stochl, Deputy Director Czech Logistics Agency, Ministry of Defence

    • Assessing current trends in support and operations being carried out by the Czech Armed Forces and the logistics framework in place to facilitate this
    • Enhancing logistical interoperability with friendly nations to enhance and utilise strategic advantages
    • Modernising and adapting land based logistic platforms: increasing multifunctionality for more dynamic logistical support of military operations
    • Looking to the future and the current plans in place to support MRO provision to pre-existing military infrastructure

    9:50 Setting the Theatre / Military Mobility

    Birgadier General Frederick  Maiocco

    Birgadier General Frederick Maiocco, Deputy Commanding General, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, CG, 7th Mission Support Command , US Army

    • Ensuring supplies reach units spread on remote missions stretching from the Baltics to South Eastern Europe in a time of war
    • Successful implantation of training operations for Allied Nations across NATO’s Eastern flank
    • How the 21st TSC logisticians are chartering the geographic terrain of the Baltics and Poland to better the Army’s understanding of possible logjams that can  slow the movement of troops in a crisis


    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Optimising the Capabilities in NATO Missions through Enhanced Logistical Operations and the Promotion of Regional Interoperability

    Major General Luis Lanchares

    Major General Luis Lanchares, Deputy Chief of Staff Resources, NATO SHAPE, NATO SHAPE

    • Assessing the current role of NATO SHAPE as a key organisation in establishing cohesive logistical operations
    • Developing and implementing guidance and procedures related to all areas of logistics with national authorities and Non-Governmental Organisations
    • Enhancing regional interoperability through refined strategy and the importance of establishing regional partnerships for operational success


    11:40 Assessing the Logistical Operations of the US Army within Europe and Evaluating Strategies to Enhance Interoperability with Allied Forces

    Colonel Robert 'Joe' Dixon

    Colonel Robert 'Joe' Dixon, Deputy Chief of Staff, G4 Logistics, US Army Europe

    • Operating across international borders to ensure the security of supply chains
    • Working with host nation support during operations
    • Encouraging compliance with allies to realise the full potential of USAREUR’s logistical command in theatre


    12:20 Assessing the Role and Efficacy of the Armed Forces Logistics Organisation and its Role in the Logistical Processes of the Czech Armed Forces

    Colonel Jan Husak

    Colonel Jan Husak, Director , MLCC

    • Modernising and expanding Norwegian support infrastructure through supply chains
    • Establishing and conducting effective procurement processes, managing contracts and framework agreements with external suppliers
    • Understanding the benefits afforded by the organisation and its contribution towards mission critical configuration management
    • Exploring the potential for future development of technological systems and its integration into pre-existing infrastructure

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Establishing Effective Plans to Enhance Medical Capabilities – An Update on the Operations and Efficacy of the Multinational Medical Coordination Center (MMCC) / European Medical Command (EMC)

    Brigadier General Bruno Most

    Brigadier General Bruno Most, Director, Multinational Medical Coordination Centre

    • Exploring the frameworks in place to ensure the maintenance of high level medical support to German forces
    • Investigating the current outlook in international cooperation and the establishment of key networks between and interoperability between states
    • Looking to the future and the creations of fundamentals for a faster force generation in the execution of future operations

    14:40 Assessing the Current Medical Logistical Strategies and Capabilities within the British Armed Forces and Future Plans to Enhance Operational Success

    Wing Commander Jon Dennis

    Wing Commander Jon Dennis, SO1 Med EC & Cap Plans, UK Jt Med Op Cap

    • Improving Medevac capabilities across the British Armed Forces
    • Ensuring continuous equipment and supplies with a well-organised supply chain
    • Exploring further at the scene medical attention pre-evac to reach higher levels of survival

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 The Logistical Capabilities of the Norwegian Armed Forces

    Commodore Rune Fromried-Sommer

    Commodore Rune Fromried-Sommer , CEO, Norwegian Defence Logistics

    •      How the NDLO is creating efficient and streamlined supply chains across all branches of Norway's Armed Forces
    •      The impact of a successful supply chain on the battlefield - the advantages to the end user
    •      Norway's future logistics plans
    •      Reviewing the successes and difficulties faced during Trident Juncture 18

    16:30 Preparation of Future Logistics Officers for Future Military Operations

    Colonel (GS) Dr Pavel Foltin

    Colonel (GS) Dr Pavel Foltin, Head of Logistics Department - Faculty of Military Leadership, University of Defence, Czech Republic

    • Assessing current trends in logistical support and operations.
    • New approaches and tools for Logistics Analysis.
    • New Challenges in the Preparation of Future Officers - Military Logisticians

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Major General Jaromir  Zuna

    Major General Jaromir Zuna

    Director of Support Division , Czech MoD

    Birgadier General Frederick Maiocco

    Deputy Commanding General, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, CG, 7th Mission Support Command , US Army
    Birgadier General Frederick  Maiocco

    Brigadier General Bruno Most

    Director, Multinational Medical Coordination Centre
    Brigadier General Bruno Most

    Colonel Istvan Nyitrai

    Head of Movement and Transportation Department, Hungarian Defence Forces
    Colonel Istvan Nyitrai

    Major General Jaromir Zuna

    Director of Support Division , Czech MoD
    Major General Jaromir  Zuna

    Mark Johnson

    Director, Logistics Operations, Defense Logistics Agency
    Mark Johnson

    Mr Graham Grice

    Military Account Director, World Fuel Services Europe Limited
    Mr Graham Grice

    Mr Timothy Shipley

    President, KH Inc
    Mr Timothy Shipley

    Rear Admiral John Palmer

    Commander , Defense Logistics Agency, Land and Maritime
    Rear Admiral John Palmer

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Supporting Media Partners


    Angelo Hotel

    Radlicka 1g, 150 00, Prague, Czech Republic

    The Czech capital is where tradition meets modernity. Located on the left bank of the Vltava river in the modern quarter of Andel, angelo’s by Vienna House Prague is situated in Prague's bustling 5th district. Getting here couldn't be easier, thanks to the hotel's close proximity to bus and tram stops and Andel metro station. One of the best shopping centres in the city, with over 130 shops and restaurants, is equally close by.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    International SOS

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    International SOS is the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company. We have been providing our clients with an unrivalled service, supported by invaluable local knowledge on a global scale, for 33 years. With pioneering preventative programmes strengthened by local expertise, we deliver emergency assistance during critical illness, accident or civil unrest. We care for clients globally from more than 1,000 locations in 90 countries. Our network includes 900 remote sites, 67 clinics, and 77,000 accredited providers. We also maintain a global supply network together with an end to end logistics capability to provide cost effective and fast solutions to clients’ needs for pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and medical consumables including in remote and high risk areas. Our 10,500 employees including 5,600 medical professionals, and 26 Assistance Centres speaking over 90 languages, respond annually to 4.5 M assistance calls, 1.2M medical assistance cases and 14,000 medical evacuation and repatriation cases. Working with us, multinational corporate clients, governments, militaries and NGOs can mitigate the risks for their people working remotely or overseas.

    KH, Inc

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    KH, Inc. - Offers Aviation and Marine fuel procurement and logistic solutions for Military and Government operators including contract fuel management, open market procurement, and payment solutions. KHI is the exclusive contractor of the U.S. Government AIR Card® and SEA Card® programs.

    World Fuel Services

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    As a leading fuel solutions and logistics provider for industries, militaries and governments around the globe, World Fuel Services (A Fortune 100 Company – NYSE INT: 93) delivers integrated fuel solutions to customers in the marine, land, and aviation segments. With expertise in: fuel supply, logistics, operations, technology, and finance, we provide end-to-end support so that our customers can focus on their core business. Additionally, through a careful programme of growth and acquisition we have developed the company to suit particular markets, importantly retaining the local feel within that market and yet bringing the strength and stability of a truly global company. We operate in more than 3,000 airports, 1,200 sea ports and 1,000 fuel stations and depots in 200 countries and territories – with one million barrels of liquid products supplied every day and two million financial transactions processed every year, amounting to a strong balance sheet of $33 billion in 2017. Highly successful in the traditional market space, World Fuel Services are considered the experts when it comes to operating in challenging environments, be that in support of military operations, such as our comprehensive service provision in Afghanistan, or mining and industrial operations in hot and cold inhospitable parts of the world. In the volatile energy market, when fuel quality and surety of supply are key to the success of your business or operations, World Fuel Services is the strong, trusted partner that you need.

    Media Partners


    Supporting Media Partners

    SupplyChainBrain, the world’s most comprehensive supply chain management information resource, is accessed year round through a wide range of ever evolving multi-media formats by hundreds of thousands of senior level industry executives. In addition to addressing the fundamental principles of supply-chain management, SupplyChainBrain identifies emerging trends, technologies and best practices, forward thinking ideas and cutting-edge solutions-and continues to write and report about these as they evolve and mature.


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    Angelo Hotel

    Radlicka 1g
    150 00
    Prague 5
    Czech Republic

    Angelo Hotel

    The Czech capital is where tradition meets modernity. Located on the left bank of the Vltava river in the modern quarter of Andel, angelo’s by Vienna House Prague is situated in Prague's bustling 5th district. Getting here couldn't be easier, thanks to the hotel's close proximity to bus and tram stops and Andel metro station. One of the best shopping centres in the city, with over 130 shops and restaurants, is equally close by.



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