By David Beaumont. As a participant of a recent seminar-base course designed to prepare logistics officers for appointments within strategic and joint agencies and commands in Defence, I was asked to consider what the traits and behaviours of the strategic ‘future logistician’ might be. The requirements for logisticians operating at the strategic level of defence… Continue reading The strategic logistician and professional possibility
By David Beaumont. This post is an update of a popular post from the #LIWArchives. The professionalisation of logisticians is a topic that has once again emerged, as strategic-level organisations in a number of different militaries seek to improve, and ‘intellectualise’, military logistics. The desire for ‘intellectualisation’ appeals to one of the three pillars of… Continue reading Intellectual irrelevance and the ownership of military logistics
By Michael Lane. It has been said that origins of modern logistics were adopted from the military. This implies that at some point in time military logisticians were the leaders in logistics thinking and by extension logistics training. However, where the military were once logistics thought leaders it can be argued that this is no… Continue reading Learning and training to get it right – what environment are we preparing Army logisticians for?
By Dr. Chris Paparone and George L. Topic In part one of 'From the swamp to the high-ground and back', Chris Paparone and George Topic questioned the methodology applied to the education of military logisticians. In concluding part one, it was posed: We need to focus much less on the 'what' of education (that should… Continue reading From the ‘swamp’ to the ‘high-ground’ and back – educating logisticians to operate in complexity: Part Two
By Dr. Chris Paparone and George L. Topic The difficulty and complexity of the post-industrial military profession at all levels is so profound and widely recognized that it is almost cliché to mention. This is true for all specialties, but few are more challenging than the field of logistics especially as leaders reach higher levels… Continue reading From the ‘swamp’ to the ‘high-ground’ and back – educating logisticians to operate in complexity: Part One
By Carney Elias. In an earlier post, I argued that Defence must become better at developing commercial acumen in logisticians. This assertion was made on the basis of my experiences within the Australian Army. In keeping with the fundamental principles of education and training used across Defence, to develop the commercial acumen of logisticians we… Continue reading Commercial acumen – the missing link in the training of ADF logisticians: Part Two
By Carney Elias. '[T]he procurement process itself is a weapon of war no less significant than the guns, the airplanes, and the rockets turned out by the arsenals of democracy.' I.B. Holley The 2015 edition of the Macquarie Dictionary defines acumen as quickness of perception; mental acuteness; keen insight and commercial as 'being engaged in… Continue reading Commercial acumen – the missing link in the training of ADF logisticians: Part One