Monday, August 15, 2011

Defence Management Journal Magazine Autumn 2011

Weapon systems capability and availability is crucial to enable the armed forces to deliver their operational mission. With the defence community being challenged to achieve this in the most effective and cost-efficient manner we look to their supply chains to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness in getting supplies to the right place at the right time. Innovation, partnership and personnel are all key in optimising supply chain flow and should be considered along with the more traditional considerations such as end-to-end visibility, lean techniques and systems integration. The most successful supply chains are ones that you can trust, those that can be relied on to deliver the right equipment in optimal condition and within the timescales needed to support the front line. Availability and efficiency inproves therefore, by taking an end to end, integrated view of the whole supply chain and driving a consolidated process and approach. In increasing supply chain efficiency we are able to drive down costs and direct saved funds into the development and procurement of new weapon systems, hence enhancing our defence capabilities. Supply chain solutions should cover the complete product lifecycle, touching all parts of design, production, packaging, in-service support and ultimately disposal of that product. Through applying supply chain best practice across all areas, and consistently across air, land and marine sectors, considerable benefits can be realised through consolidation of transportation, warehousing and repair loops. But how do we practically apply this theory, and what rewards does it really bring?