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Defence Logistics

Defence Logistics

Enabling and Sustaining Successful Military Operations

Jeremy Smith

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Understand how key theories of logistics and supply chain management can be applied in a defence context.

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About the book

The management of logistics and supply chain operations is of vital importance in the defence sector. Defence Logistics looks at established theories and their practical utility, providing insights into current thinking for postgraduate and undergraduate students, lecturers, researchers, practitioners and professionals through real-life case studies.

Defence Logistics focuses on key areas of logistics and supply chain management in context, such as sustainability, inventory management, resilience, procurement, information systems and crisis response. This comprehensive and up-to-the-minute collection includes contributions from international academics from a range of universities, academies and defence schools, along with practitioners who are currently working in the field of defence logistics.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 01: Defence logistics definitions and frameworks;
    • Chapter - 02: Defence logistics - an historical perspective;
    • Chapter - 03: Defence logistics in context;
    • Chapter - 04: Resilience in defence supply chains;
    • Chapter - 05: Integrating mission and support systems through the life cycle - Integrated logistics support and maintenance strategies;
    • Chapter - 06: Supportability analysis for supportable and supported mission systems;
    • Chapter - 07: Achieving dependability in defence systems;
    • Chapter - 08: Planning and executing defence operational logistics;
    • Chapter - 09: Procurement for defence logistics support;
    • Chapter - 10: Managing performance in defence logistics;
    • Chapter - 11: Optimizing the defence inventory;
    • Chapter - 12: Accounting and finance in defence logistics;
    • Chapter - 13: Decision support in defence logistics;
    • Chapter - 14: Defence logistics and crisis response;
    • Chapter - 15: Defence logistics information systems;
    • Chapter - 16: A look to the future;


This book offers a great academic view of how defence logisticians can get ahead of the game before weapons are deployed, let alone the first shots fired. It pulls together many of the underlying principles in an easily digestible format. I wish I could have had the benefit of this compendium before I deployed to Iraq to help me understand how we should have done it better!
Group Captain (Rtd) Chris Markey FCMI FCILT, Chariman of the Defence Forum for the CILT, UK, and Deputy Commander Joint Force Logistics Component Operation TELIC I and II 2003, UK

There simply aren't enough good books on military logistics, but here is one for both the enthusiast and the more generally interested reader alike. It combines academic rigour with practical knowledge and historical illustration - and all in a format that allows for a dip into a specific subject or a more broadly based review of the entire field. Logistics may not be new, but this book shows why it has never been more relevant to modern thinking on defence.
Major General M D Wood CBE, former Director General of the UK Joint Supply Chain and a current Colonel Commandant of the Royal Logistic Corps in the British Army

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749478032
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd February 2018
  • Paperback
  • Format: 234x156
  • 384 pages

About the Author

Jeremy Smith manages modules on the Defence Acquisition Management and the Programme and Project Management MScs at Cranfield Defence and Security, UK. He developed and leads several logistics short courses and workshops pitched at strategic and practitioner levels. He served for 25 years in the British Army as a logistician and Ammunition Technical Officer.

Jeremy Smith

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