CW+: Quocirca Report: Utilising SOA in defence logistics

CW+: Quocirca Report: Utilising SOA in defence logistics


Defence logistics have multiple touch points with logistics systems operated by civilian and quasi-civilian organisations, and must be able to operate effectively, rapidly and transparently with these systems. However, as defence logistics approach the battlespace, the capabilities and needs change: communication lines become less predictable, physical drop points for reprovisioning and carrying out in-field repairs may be moving in real time. Further complications are introduced through the sheer scale of maintaining a successful operation, with the need to maintain supplies of items ranging from personal supplies of rations, razors, mail from home and so on, through armaments and ammunition to the likes of lorries, tanks and helicopters. Such complexities cannot be allowed to compromise the supply chain and the logistics flows: today’s battlespace requires an end-to-end approach to processing supply needs and providing the logistics to fulfil these. Cost remains a major issue, and as such, battlespace logistics must also ensure that all actions are financially optimised, while kept in balance with the real time critical needs of the assets in the battlespace itself.

24 Oct 2011
03 Aug 2010
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