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Defence Logistics: Enabling and Sustaining Successful Military Operations

by Jeremy Smith and Stuart Young Kogan Page
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Pbk 384 pages
AU$117.00 NZ$120.87
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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 students 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 new edited collection includes contributions from international academics from a selection of universities, academies and defence schools, along with practitioners who are currently working in the field of defence logistics.

    • 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;

"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."
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.