The speaker list for Defence Collaboration and Logistics 2015 will be published here shortly. These speakers consist of high level executives from leading global organizations and covering the defence industries and armed forces.


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Editor’s Note – Simplicity rather than Complexity

“It is all about trust and collaboration. We need to learn how to see the simplicity in the challenge, the solution, not the complexity. “

With these closing remarks the chairman of Defence Collaboration and Logistics closed the 2014 conference in Amsterdam. Over the course of three days attendees from Europe and North America, discussed ways to enable future collaboration between nations and the industries involvement in maintaining and improving defence capabilities.

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 every piece of equipment is operationally 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; air assets should not stay on ground because of a lack of fuel; coalition operations should not underperform because of non-standardized equipment and supply. There is a need of turning “ambition to action” and creating a more open dialog based on what to do and how to do it.

Following on the great examples on the 2014 conference, in 2015 we are bringing you the most innovative examples about:

Armaments plans and policies

Many believe that time of defence austerity is coming to an end. Several countries are already discussing raising their defence budgets. The capability development programs and armaments plans and policies available online show that many countries are transforming their armed forces to meet future challenges. There are a number of key programs and decisions now being made, these include replacing old platforms and acquiring new equipment, support and upgrades, reducing number of systems and increased system coordination, cost effective procurement in a life-cycle perspective and smart inventory management.

Collaboration as vehicle for globalization

The Vice-President of the European Commission, Antonio Tajani said “We need to maximise the synergies between European civil and military programmes to ensure the most efficient use of resources”. International co-operation seems to be the main alternative for development, acquisition, support and upgrades. It is a cost effective way for doing “more with less’. There are a number of areas that collaboration is occurring, including: capabilities, human resources and education, training and exercises, operations and armaments. At the upcoming event we will present examples on international programmes managed in cooperation.

How can the defence industry help

Defence logistics activities include maintenance and support planning, supply support, life cycle management, spare parts and inventory management, maintenance and support, maintenance of facilities, test, measurement handling, support equipment, training and training support, transportation of equipment. All of these individual activities are areas where the defence industry can additionally assist the armed forces. The long discussed question is HOW and WHERE to start. The answer came from our 2014 delegates and ir is in the quote that started this editorial note.

Future defence Logistics

Defence Logistics remain an essential capability that has to be done more efficiently. Optimising inventory management and spare parts forecasting to increase asset visibility and material distribution, as well as sharing secure information across the channel of all involved stakeholders (military organisations, contractors, suppliers and other government organisations) are some of the challenges that the defence logisticians are facing right now. Similar to commercial logistics, successful defence logistics transformation lies in three key elements: people, processes and technology. Many countries have already done their defence logistics transformation meaning defining the process and the chain of command. The next thing in line is optimizing these processes which nowadays are impossible without good IT support.

Procurement and contracts

The most discussed model is procuring through Performance Based Contracts. PBC or PBL can provide quick access to enhanced capabilities can be considered across the entire value chain and allows high flexibility to optimize schedule, cost and performance. Success depends on transparency and early industry involvement. When done properly, it allows the military to reduce risk, increase commitment and transform operational need to procurement requirement.

Welcome to Defence Collaboration and Logistics 2015. Sincerely,

Goran Cvetanovski, Editorial Director

What do our events look like

Defence Café

The best ideas come with a “good cup of coffee.” Our ice-breaker morning session consists of small Round Tables with speakers, business partners and attendees where the participants will discuss the main challenges and cutting edge topics of the conference in a relaxed atmosphere.

Peer to peer meetings

Our Peer to Peer meetings are tailor made for attendees and partners to privately meet at the conference and have business critical conversations, on a prearranged basis via our website.


Robert Kiyosaki said, “The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.” Part of the reason we go to conferences is to meet other people. This years conference contains more than 900 minutes of structured networking time.

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“Conferences should present new and exciting information which can not be presented differently and provide plenty of networking opportunities for attendees to share their experience and benchmark their strategy”

Make things happen

Don’t wait with starting your next project. Start at the conference. Get at least three action points from every presentation that you can incorporate in your everyday work or next project, discuss these action points with the speakers or the other attendees during the networking breaks or the roundtables and recap before the conference is over. Address you’re unclear questions during the Panel of discussion and the Fishbowl. During the conference, exchange contacts and follow up with them after the conference. Put everything on paper and start working on it the day after the conference.

Conference Venue - Amsterdam Marriott Hotel, The Netherlands

The Amsterdam Marriott Hotel is uniquely situated in the cultural heart of Amsterdam. Surrounded by theaters, museums, cafés, restaurants and at walking distance from the landmarks such asVondelpark, the world heritage canal district and vibrant Leidseplein.

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