Editor’s Note – Defence Collaboration and Logistics 2014
As I am writing this note, I recall on an article titled “Shrinking Europe Military Spending Stirs Concern” published in April 2013 by The New York Times where the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen alarmed by years of cuts to military spending was quoted saying that “European nations, together had slashed $45 billion, or the equivalent of Germany’s entire military budget, endangering the alliance’s viability, its mission and its relationship with the United States”. Further down in the article it was written that Europe is moving toward a “combination of the unable and the unwilling, acting as a free riders instead of working seriously on how they can work together.”
In challenging times being idle is not an option. Even in time of austerity armed forces need to be able to defend their countries and make sure that every soldier and equipment is operational and ready. Maintenance division should not wait a year in order to get one specific spare part; projects should not wait for several years for lawyers to find a way to agree; warfighters should not stay on ground because of lack of fuel; coalition operations should not underperform because of unstandardized equipment and supply. From my standpoint as a generalist I would say that there is a need of turning “Ambition to Action” and a more open dialog based on what to do and then how to do it.
Lets stop defining every detail of why PPP is not widely established. There are lot of examples inside and outside the Defence sector proving that this is possible and we are going to show some of them. It is more than evident that everyone is trying to do more with less. The MOD´s and armed forces are fundamentally changing the way they work, priorities they set, programs they fund, weapons they buy and how do they buy them. Instead, lets start talking about opportunities and meet each other halfway. Bring your colleagues, superiors, peers, partners, examples, projects, products, demos, thoughts and lets turn this opportunities into actions. After all this is a conference on how to collaborate. So lets start collaborating.
Welcome to Defence Collaboration and Logistics. Sincerely,
Goran Cvetanovski, Editorial Director