DSEI 2023 to Highlight Tech Advances for Evolving Defence Logistics
Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2023, taking place next month at London Excel (12th-15th September), will include a focus on advances towards a more agile, resilient and digitally empowered military logistics enterprise.
UDSS Director Major General (Ret’d) David Shouesmith (above) will be appearing on a panel alongside Leidos UK and Europe Chief Executive Simon Forvague MBE and Caroline Field PA Consulting, to discuss 'Developing resilient and agile supply chains for cross-border logistics at pace of need' on Wednesday 13th September in the International Business Forum, examining the dynamic landscape of military supply chains, current challenges, resilience and the race to integrate advanced digital capabilities.
Logistics Resilience in the Digital Era: Embracing the Future of Defence
Emerging Realities and Lessons from Ukraine
Recent events in Ukraine have shed light on critical strategic-level gaps and supply-side vulnerabilities in western nations. These exposures have prompted a reevaluation of military logistics and the need for robust and reliable supply chains, especially for key stocks, spares and components. As we learn from these challenges, the importance of building strategic logistic resilience has taken centre stage, driving efforts and investments toward ensuring readiness for future uncertainties.
Digital Revolution: Collaborating with Commercial Logistics
The commercial logistics world is evolving at a rapid pace, leveraging supply chain reconfigurations and embracing digital capabilities for improved performance and cost efficiencies. At DSEI, we explore how the military logistics community can tap into the potential being developed by the private sector, leveraging partnerships to drive technological advancements and innovative solutions.
Demand Variability: The Heart of Military Logistics
Unlike commercial logistics, military logistics faces the defining characteristic of variability in demand. In the face of unpredictability during conflicts, logistic planners require acute foresight and substantial flexibility to respond promptly and effectively. As we contemplate the lessons from Ukraine, we seek to identify best practices from the commercial sector while recognising that military logistics demands unique solutions to cater to the variability in demand.
Digital Transformations: Enhancing Agility and Precision
Embracing digital solutions is key to modernising military logistics and enhancing its agility and precision. From a unified logistics data enterprise that automates demand processes to improved situational awareness and spatial capabilities, we aim to equip our military logisticians with the tools they need to respond efficiently to evolving operational scenarios.
Autonomy: Opportunities for Innovation
The promise of autonomy opens doors to innovative solutions in military logistics. From additive manufacturing of critical spares to unmanned load carriers for heavy munitions, the possibilities are vast. By adopting autonomous technologies, we can reduce force levels and logistic demand, streamlining operations for greater efficiency.
Embracing a Digital Nirvana for Military Logistics
The vision of a single synthetic environment for testing, rehearsing and training is within reach.
As military personnel and their leaders experience simulated scenarios, we can test policies, strategies and operational plans, alongside their logistical implications. This integrated approach will help prioritise resources, improve force structures and elevate military logistic planning to new heights.
DSEI brings together governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and everyone involved in the related supply chains for aerospace, land, naval, security, and joint security and defence sectors. Universal Defence and Security Solutions will be exhibiting at DSEI, and our team will be onsite to showcase our services as a global provider of defence and security advice, assistance, and solutions. Book a meeting now.