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New defence logistics guide available now

23-Jan-2018
New defence logistics guide available now
From supplies arriving at a basecamp to soldiers leaving a conflict zone, military and defence operations need to use ordinary logistics practices to move projects forward. But how can these ‘civilian’ logistics and supply chain practices be applied in a defence context? How can the layman make sense of the application?

A new contributed volume by former defence professionals that fulfils this need is now available for practitioners, enthusiasts and students. With clear examples from the field that apply ‘generic’ logistics to the defence context, Defence Logistics: Enabling and Sustaining Successful Military Operations, edited by former logistician and Ammunition Technical Officer for the British Army Jeremy C D Smith, is the definitive guide to understanding and applying logistics in military operations.

Group Captain (Rtd) Chris Markey FCMI FCILT, Chairman of the Defence Forum for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and Deputy Commander Joint Force Logistic Component Operation TELIC I and II (Iraq) 2003, provided advanced praise for the book, saying that it ‘offers a great academic view of how defence logisticians can get ahead of the game before weapons are deployed, let alone the first shots fired, pulling together many of the underlying principles in an easily digestible format. I wish I could have had the benefit of this compendium before I deployed on TELIC!’

Major General M D Wood CBE, former Director General of the UK Joint Supply Chain and a current Colonel Commandant of the Royal Logistic Corps in the British Army, also praised the book for showing ‘why [logistics] has never been more relevant to modern thinking on defence’.

About the editor: Jeremy C D Smith manages modules on the Defence Acquisition Management and the Programme and Project Management MScs at Cranfield University, UK. He developed and leads several logistics short courses and workshops pitched at strategic and practitioner levels. He served for 25 years in the British Army as a logistician and Ammunition Technical Officer.

Learn more about logistics and supply chain in the defence industry, and save 20% with code PLGDefLog20, at www.koganpage.com/Defence

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