An Introduction to Military Logistics
Apr 12, 2017
Publisher: SCMA

Logistics has its roots in the military. Ensuring that the requirements of any military operation are in place in the right quantity, at the right time, in vastly different and unique environments – deserts, the Arctic, land, sea, skies – can challenge any logistics expert. Military logistics can clearly make the difference between life and death.

Major Gordon Bennett has served around the world in a variety of appointments and situations. He brings a breadth and depth of understanding of military logistics and its challenges that will enlighten your understanding of the planning, procurement, and politics involved in this field.

Major Gordon Bennett has served around the world in a variety of appointments and situations.  He brings a breadth and depth of understanding of military logistics that will enlighten your understanding of the planning, procurement, and politics involved in this field.

Presentation Agenda

1.  Brief Overview of Military Logistics Operations
      a.  The Echelon System for Land Operations
      b.  The Levels of Operations
2.   Unique Challenges to Military Logistics
      a.  Operating in Unique Environments
      b.  Heavy Movement
      c.  Inconsistent Volumes
      d.  Just in Time vs. Stockpiling
      e.  Unique Requirements
      f.  Government Procurement
3.   Employing the Operational Planning Process
      a.  Applying Logistics Planning to a Complex Program
      b.  Initiation, Orientation, Course of Action Development
      c.  Business Comparison
4.   Key Lessons Learned in Military Logistics -- A Personal Reflection
      a.  The Right People on the Train
      b.  Innovative Mentality
      c.  Need for Continuous Improvement Culture
      d.  Lifelong Learning and the Value of Post Secondary
      e.  New is Not Necessarily Better
      f.  Know Your Mission and Know Your End State

About the Facilitator

Major Gordon Bennett is a Logistics Officer with the Canadian Army.  He most recently completed a command tour in Gagetown, New Brunswick, as the Officer Commanding Transportation Company. 

Previous positions include logisitcs staff officer in a joint environment at the Canadian Joint Operations Command, logistics instructor at the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Center, senior movements officer for the military security component at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Platoon Commander in Afghanistan, and various other appointments.  He has worked abroad in a variety of locations and capacities, including in the Middle East, Korea and the US. 

He comes from a business and entrepreneurial background and holds a Doctorate of Business Administration in Global Business and Leadership and an MBA in Finance.  He is currently posted to the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.


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