The Defence Logistics Vision helps us to achieve this, by painting a compelling picture of where we want to be. The roadmap of how to get there will be provided by the Defence Logistic Transformation Programme, which builds upon the work carried out by the End-to-End team. For the first time, all parts of the MOD will be under the governance and direction of a single programme, which should enable us to join up to best effect all the different logistic ‘change’ initiatives under way within defence.
We aim to learn from industry’s successes – and avoid their failures – by bringing the disciplines of Best Practice, regardless of its origin, to the way the MOD operates. This does not necessarily mean doing things cheaper; but it does mean doing things better. We need to work with all our users, suppliers and key stakeholders across the acquisition community to improve through life support and reduce whole life costs.
Logistics in the UK Armed Forces has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. It is only four years since the Defence Logistics Organisation was formed, and there is no doubt that the support it provided to the front line during the deployment and operations phase of Operation TELIC – and now during the sustainment phase – made a significant difference to the success of that operation. I believe that the improvements we will make during the next four years will continue that progress and significantly improve the support we provide to the front line.