Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre (MLCC) organized Logistics Capability Workshop (20-21 Oct 2016) as part of Future Forces Forum conference & exhibition. The workshop was chaired by MLCC Director Col (GS) Jan Husak, planned by Mr. Petr Jedlink (Project Director) and LTC Peter Acs (Officer with Primary Responsibility). Ultimate objective was to bring together international logistic community, NATO and EU representatives as well as representatives of industries and academia to discuss latest military capabilities, trends and developments in the field of defense and security.
Logistics Capability Workshop (LCWS) was split into two separate sessions. First day was dedicated to national and international views on future development of logistics and related technologies, second day was dedicated to Smart Energy project.
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL VIEWS ON FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF LOGISTICS AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES
Distinguished speakers from nations, NATO Headquarters (NATO HQ), European Union Military Staff (EUMS), SHAPE, NSPA and other organizations expressed their views on development of multinational logistics from NATO and EU perspectives. Representatives of civilian enterprises introduced their possible role and involvement to enhance military capabilities in NATO/EU operations.
Multinational logistics is critical for future coalition operations. To facilitate the process, it is necessary to harmonize logistics education and training as well as to further develop interoperability and standardization. Effective and efficient support can be achieved by pooling and sharing of logistic capabilities of nations and by using contracting support. In a multinational environment, the key difficulty is doctrinal and material differences. Nations and NATO authorities should cooperate in order to develop and implement concepts, doctrines and procedures to achieve and maintain the most effective levels of compatibility, interchangeability, commonality in the fields of operations, administration and materiel.
Speakers highlighted the need for more Collective Logistics Solutions to achieve efficient and effective use of logistic capabilities in theatre and Host Nation Support (HNS) as well. Logistic capabilities are scarce, many nations want to contribute, however they are reliant on support from other nations. Nations provide Logistics capabilities nationally or multinationally. Developing and maintaining capabilities requires both investments and optimising the use of national resources through deeper cooperation. Collective logistics can be effective only by establishing proper command and control structure, defining roles and responsibilities and deconflicting national vs multinational vs HNS issues.
SMART ENERGY PROJECT
Following the presentations on NATO’s and Nation’s activities to reduce the energy consumption in deployable field camps, Dr Susanne Michaelis (NATO HQ), facilitator of the LCWS, concluded that though the technology is available, the technology transfer from the civilian to the military sector has not yet taken place. However, a number of nations have installed or have plans to install demonstrator projects for testing and data collection. The following points should be emphasized:
- The briefers stressed that definitions and standards for materiel and processes are needed. NATO has already launched the process, but it will be lengthy and it has to be ensured that standards will not kill innovation.
- Companies have already invested a considerable amount in developing components for hybrid micro grids and even whole systems. They urgently need a market to get a return of their investments. Especially small enterprises are not able to further develop their products and to participate in a future exercise.
- Data on energy consumption and energy use are urgently needed to enable the expert community to make informative decisions and to convince leadership to invest in innovative technologies. National projects like SMARTEN that the Czech Army is planning and the Hybrid Power Generation System (HPGS) (Pfisterer) that the Lithuanian Army is testing are expected to deliver such convincing data.
- The exercise Capable Logistician 2015 (CL15) has been found extremely helpful for testing components and processes, assessing interoperability and identifying gaps in NATO standards. NATO is currently developing a Smart Defence project that will include standardization and integration of micro grid components in Capable Logistician 2019 (CL19).
- Last but not least, modular smart hybrid micro grids need protection against cyber-attacks.
written by LTC Acs