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SMi’s 4th annual Contractor Logistics Support conference will focus on the increasingly central role played by commercial contractors in military logistical support. The conference will address current practice and future developments in the provision of logistical support on the 21st Century battlefield.
Country-specific policies will be addressed and recent case studies utilised to illustrate the current situation and to give an insight into the future direction of Contractor Logistics Support. Contractors will also offer illustrative examples of the support provided in operational environments, identifying and assessing current application and future scope of contractors on the battlefield.
Contractor Logistic Support 2005 will facilitate discussion on the benefits and risks of CLS and the key issues of strategy and planning, contractor management and awareness of legal issues, whilst exploring the current role of the contractor in improving warfighting capability and enabling combat readiness.

An international speaker line up includes Keynote Addresses from..

  • Brigadier Shaun Cowlam CBE, ACOS Log Support (Land), HQ Land Command, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Commodore Al Rymer, Director, Logistics Maritime Platforms, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK

And Special Addresses from...

  • Lieutenant Colonel Steve Govan, SO1 Special Projects, Supply Chain Support (Policy), Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Lieutenant Colonel David Johnson REME, Senior Project Officer, Logistics Analysis and Research Organisation (LARO), Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Lieutenant Colonel Bo Persson, Head of Logistics Development, FMV, Sweden
  • Randy King, Program Manager, Contractors Accompanying the Force and Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, US Army
  • Debra Alexander, Deputy, Materiel Management Division, Directorate of Logistics Readiness, US Air Force
  • Senior Representative, ACDS Log Support (CONDO & Contractor Support Policy), Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Senior Representative, Logistics Operations, Ministry of Defence, UKSenior Representative, SO1 CONDO, Defence Logistics Organisation HQ, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Doug Brooks, President, International Peace Operations Association

Benefits of Attending Include:

  • ENHANCE your knowledge of international contractor policy frameworks and LEARN about the programme developments in CONDO, CONLOG and CANCAP
  • REVIEW contractor-in-theatre case studies, reflecting on examples of contractor support for the operational environment
  • MAXIMISE your knowledge of contractor security and protection through addressing key legal issues and liabilities
  • DISCUSS the role of the contractor in recent operations and the future implications for the defence commercial sector
  • ENSURE seamless logistical support of our warfighter through learning how to achieve excellence in contractor logistics support

Full programme details NOW available. Brochure available for download from 1st September 200

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Doug Brooks

Doug Brooks, President, International Peace Operations Association

9:10 NATO's Concept for Third Party Logistics Support

Alessandro Sacilotto

Alessandro Sacilotto, Deputy Head of Logistics, NATO

  • Outsourcing in current NATO operations: lessons learned
  • Logistic support policies: collective responsibility in logistics
  • NATO funding policies: enabling contractor support
  • Identifying requirements for contractor support in expeditionary operations
  • The way ahead: future policy developments
  • 9:50 MoD's Contractor Support and Development

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Logistics Operations, SO1 CONDO, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Observations from recent military deployment and logistical competence
  • CONDO: an effective capability policy?
  • Integrating contractors to meet British military support requirements
  • Force multipliers: the real operational impact of CLS
  • Developing CONDO and future potential for deployed military capability
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Defining the Role of the Contractor in Operational Theatres

    Randy King

    Randy King, Contractors Accompanying the Force Program Manager, US Army

  • Contractors effectively supporting forward deployments: observations from recent operations
  • Potential risks and implications of CLS
  • Contractors non-combatant status and the issue of military distinction
  • Strategies to maximise military capability through commercial resources
  • Future considerations
  • 11:40 MoD Policy Update: The Purple Gate

    Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Govan

    Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Govan, S01 Special Projects, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Overview of the Purple Gate policy
  • Ensuring seamless interface between commercial and military supply chains
  • Regulating material flow into active theatres: the prioritising of material
  • Achieving a common application of standards
  • Current implementation and future plans
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Inovative Contracting/Business Structures

    Paul Briggs

    Paul Briggs, Joint Head, International Aviation and Aerospace Group,, Bird & Bird (Solicitors)

  • Target cost incentive/risk sharing
  • How do you enter into a partnership with your customer?
  • How to avoid a "book of excuses" and make competitors work together
  • Legal structures and risk allocation
  • 14:30 Supporting Forward Deployment: High Risk Contracts

    Chris Taylor

    Chris Taylor, Vice President, Blackwater USA

  • Turnkey solution providers: creating stability in hostile environments
  • Recent security professional deployment: issues and achievements
  • Requirements for successful security operations: considering innovative and flexible approaches to counteract threats
  • Crisis management provisions
  • Lessons learnt from Iraq
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Legal Issues and Liabilities

    Daniel Hood

    Daniel Hood, Senior Associate, Simmons & Simmons

  • Deployed contractors non-combatant status and how they are recognised under International Law
  • Human rights standards: accountability for private military companies (PMC’s) actions
  • Self protection and weapons: what the law states
  • Contractual issues: contractors failure to deliver - the importance of having a clearly defined contract
  • Issues and developments for the future: points to consider
  • 16:20 Developing Contractor Standards and Practices

    Doug Brooks

    Doug Brooks, President, International Peace Operations Association

  • Striving for an open and responsible industry: the need to ensure standards
  • IPOA Code of Conduct - ethical operation in conflict/post-conflict environments
  • Enhancing operations through communications – clients, NGOs, Humanitarian organizations, security
  • Potential risks for the industry
  • Future CLS opportunities and services
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Doug Brooks

    Doug Brooks, President, International Peace Operations Association

    9:10 Delivering Logistics Support for Maritime Platforms Ready for Operations

    Commodore Al Rymer

    Commodore Al Rymer, Director, Logistics Maritime Platforms, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • The future of logistical support to the British Navy
  • The support requirements of maritime platforms
  • The developing role of contractors in fulfilling those needs
  • Benefits of working with industry
  • 9:50 Military Requirements and Logistical Readiness

    Debra Alexander

    Debra Alexander, Deputy, Materiel Management Division, Directorate of Logistics Readiness, US Air Force

  • Modern military systems - modern day logistical needs
  • Military campaigns with limited resources: CLS becoming an integral part of warfighter capability?
  • CLS: the fiscal implications for deployed forces
  • Host nation support: planning contingencies for insufficient support structures
  • The evolving nature of the military: striving for lean and seamless logistics
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Deployed Operations and Military Requirements for CLS

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Logistics Operations, PJHQ, Ministry of Defence, UK

    11:40 Assessing Future Support Strategies

    Lieutenant Colonel David Johnson

    Lieutenant Colonel David Johnson, Project Team Leader, LARO, LARO 1

  • Analysing current supply chain support strategies: approved verification and validation
  • Estimating future needs
  • The MoD/industry interface
  • Supply chain management
  • The future outlook for support strategies
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Strengthening Sweden's Operational Capability Through Contractor Support

    Lieutenant Colonel Bo Persson

    Lieutenant Colonel Bo Persson, Joint Materiel Command, Logistics, FMV

  • The role of the contractor within Swedish Armed Forces operations
  • Competitive procurement: ensure the best value contract
  • Evaluating tenders: contractor selection criteria
  • Negotiating framework agreements: specifying contractor remits and implications for operational capability
  • Future scope for contractor support
  • 14:40 Contractor Case Studies: Effectively Supporting The Military on Operations

    Herbert Abela

    Herbert Abela, Defence Business Director, Kellogg Brown & Root

  • Providing successful logistic support to the military
  • Force multipliers: enabling rapid response
  • Sponsored Reserves
  • KBR’s outlook to the future of contractor support
  • 15:20 Contractor Logistics on Operations

    Brigadier Shaun Cowlam

    Brigadier Shaun Cowlam, ACOS Logistic Support, Headquarters Land Command (H Q Land)

  • The land logistic challenge
  • Recent experiences and lessons from Iraq
  • Current policies, systems and capability requirements
  • Future opportunities
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed bt Afternoon Tea and Close of Day One


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