International Defence Logistics and Support IDLS 2010


International Defence Logistics and Support 2010 (IDLS) conference is Europe’s leading event for government, military and defence industry logistics and procurement professionals. The high-level conference agenda blends on-the-ground case studies from the theatre of operations with enterprise level explorations of organisational efficiency and transformation to give you a complete and in depth insight into the logistics challenges facing the defence organisations of allied nations in the 21st century.

Hosting prominent keynote speakers from SHAPE, ISAF, AFRICOM, DLA, NCSA and NAMSA, the IDLS forum will addresses defence logistics issues at the highest level. Among these, Major-General Douglas Dempster (Ret), Assistant Secretary General, NATO will explore the legal issues involved with contracted logistics support in operational environments, and their impacts on the decision to outsource such services while Major General Andrzej Falkowski, Assistant Director, Logistics And Resources Division, IMS, NATO will present the logistics lessons learned from recent conflicts, to ensure the success of future operations. Air Marshall B. U. Chengappa, Former Chief of Staff, Indian Air Force will give an overview of how outsourcing has improved in-theatre logistics performance.

The high-level delegation from NATO includes many NATO logistics decision makers and experts, giving attendees an insight onto the latest NATO programmes and initiatives, addressing initiatives related to Afghanistan, Iraq as well as current peace-keeping missions and humanitarian relief operations worldwide. Among these, Major-General Hans-Erich Antoni, Deputy Chief Of Staff Operations, International Security Assistance Force NATO (ISAF), will reflect the operational command in theatre view of the controversial services-industry cooperation. Air Commodore Graham Howard, Head of UK Defence Logistic Policy, ACDS (Log Ops), UK MoD identifies the challenges of deployment, sustainment and recovery in Afghanistan

The evolving U.S. African Command is attracting much interest as to how the new command is formalizing the infrastructure to support its operations in theatre. Brigadier General Frederick Martin, Deputy Director, Operations and Logistics discusses current AFRICOM initiatives. More activities related to Africa will be presented by Brigadier General Tersia Jacobs, Director Logistics, South African Air Force, will explore how military and civilian cooperation has maximised aircraft availability.

According to the organizers, over 200 logistics experts are expected to attend, a platform for high-level, frank discussion and debate between the industry’s most experienced logistics practitioners, including governmental representation from the US, UK, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Lithuania, Israel, Sweden, Belgium, the and Netherlands, and attendance from leading industry suppliers highlighting cutting-edge support chain solutions.

The IDLS 2010 event will take place at the Hotel Le Plaza, Brussels, 29th June – 2nd July 2010. More details and registration are available at

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