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SAE Media Group is proud to present the 9th Annual Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe Conference, on the 18 - 19 of March 2024 in Prague, Czech Republic.

As cooperation between armed forces, and the prevalence of joint logistics operations increases, so the importance of defence logistics as a capability in its own right continues to grow.

Join the Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe conference to get a detailed understanding of the new developments in defence supply chain sustainment, and strategies and take this unique opportunity to learn and speak directly with senior key leaders.
 

This conference will provide delegates with an unprecedented opportunity to meet with the leading officials from our host nation, the Czech Republic, and from across the remainder of Central and Eastern Europe, with speakers and delegates from Hungary, Poland, NATO, and the wider region including Austria, Germany, UK, USA, Finland, Norway).

We strive to deliver real insight and genuine learning experiences which can be applied to optimise the future of defence logistics for the Central and Eastern Europe region.

At this event you can expect:

  • Keynote briefings from senior officers from Central and Eastern Europe
  • A unique focus on defence logistics technology and joint force interoperability
  • Expert analysis of the direct and indirect logistics implications of the conflict in Ukraine for NATO allies and partners in the region and beyond
  • High level panel discussions featuring supply chain and procurement managers from the military as well as industry
  • Military logistics equipment exhibition showcasing the latest technology
  • Informal networking time factored in so you can gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing regional logistic systems today
National militaries: 
Military logistics specialists 
Equipment procurement officers 
 
Industry:
Businesses looking to break into the regional market
Established players in the regional market
Developers and innovators in military technology 
 
Transnational/Continental/Euro-Atlantic organisations/bodies:
Organisations who wish to equalise the European defence capability 
Those who seek improvement of the security and strength of Europe’s front line 
Businesses wishing to bolster the national economies and industries of Eastern and Central Europe
 

Conference agenda

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8:00

Registration & Coffee

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8:50

Chairman's Opening Remarks

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9:00

Modernising Logistics in the Czech Armed Forces to Assist Current and Future Strategic Priorities

Brigadier General Robert Bieleny

Brigadier General Robert Bieleny , Director of Logistics Division, Armed Forces of the Czech Republic

  •  Assessing the current strengths of the Czech logistics division
  • Evaluating further integration of supply chains with NATO allies as a priority
  • Predicting future requirements to achieve the Support Division’s objectives
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    9:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    10:00

    NATO JSEC - Reinforcing and Sustaining the Alliance for Credible Deterrence and Capable Defence in Europe

    Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank

    Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank, Commander, NATO Joint Support and Enablement Command

  •  The logistics mission, capabilities, and area of operation of JSEC
  • Persistent challenges posed for improving multinational coordination for logistics operations
  • Proven strategies for maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship with the host nation
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    10:30

    Morning Coffee

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    11:00

    Adaptive Logistics – overcoming the fog and friction of a contested operating environment

  •  The changing nature of logistics and supply chain management
  • Lessons identified from the Ukraine War and areas for Development
  • The role of the UK MoD in the wider NATO logistics picture
  • Brigadier General Owen Bunkle

    Brigadier General Owen Bunkle, Head of Strategic Plans & Operations , UK MoD

    Air Vice Marshal Richard Pratley

    Air Vice Marshal Richard Pratley, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff Logistic Operations, UK Ministry of Defence

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    11:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    12:00

    Burden Sharing and Supporting European Forces

    Colonel Todd Allison

    Colonel Todd Allison, Deputy Commander, 21st Theatre Sustainment Command

  • Friction and Challenges of cooperation
  • The need for Command and Control of Sustainment Operations.
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    12:30

    Networking Lunch

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    13:00

    Integrating and Synchronizing Global Readiness Solutions to Ensure Warfighting Capability in Europe.

    Colonel Adrian Sullivan

    Colonel Adrian Sullivan, Commander, Defense Logistics Agency Europe and Africa DLA E&A, Headquarters European Command

  •  Reviewing the impact of multinational exercises on enhancing interoperability
  • Integrating and Synchronizing Global Readiness Solutions to Ensure Warfighting Capability in Europe.
  • Strategic Sustainment Deterrence
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    14:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    14:30

    The Role of Technological Development in Enhancing Logistical Capabilities in the European Theatre

    Colonel (ret'd) Slawomir Augustyn

    Colonel (ret'd) Slawomir Augustyn, Dep. Director for Implementation of Innovative Technologies/Teacher, Military University of Technology

  •  Identifying the new and emerging technologies and capitalizing on their capabilities to ensure the highest standard of logistics capability.
  • Implementing lessons identified from the war in Ukraine into standard procedure
  • Priority areas for future development of logistics capabilities within Eastern Europe
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    15:00

    Afternoon Tea

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    15:30

    Panel Discussion: Enhancing European Interoperability to Improve Logistics Capabilities

  • Overview of the current logistics capabilities of the Croatian Armed Forces
  • Successes and Challenges of modernisation of logistics capabilities
  • How future developments of logistics capabilities will enable greater efficacy and success for the Croatian Armed Forces
  • Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank

    Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank, Commander, NATO Joint Support and Enablement Command

    Brigadier General Robert Bieleny

    Brigadier General Robert Bieleny , Director of Logistics Division, Armed Forces of the Czech Republic

    Mr Mario Blokken

    Mr Mario Blokken, Director PSec, European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel

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    16:00

    Maintaining a Fit and Fighting Czech Armed Forces

    Colonel Ladislav Slechta

    Colonel Ladislav Slechta, Director, Military Medicine Agency

  • Fostering international cooperation through NATO to enhance military medical support operations
  • Ensuring an efficient medical supply chain
  • The development of medical logistics with regard to the current crises from the Czech Medical service perspective
  • Leveraging new technologies to increase medical logistic capabilities
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    17:00

    Military Logistics Interoperability — The Contributions of the Multinational Training Exercises and Tools Provided by Finabel

    Mr Mario Blokken

    Mr Mario Blokken, Director PSec, European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel

  •  The role of the EAIC in promoting and facilitating the interoperability of land forces through the harmonisation of military concepts, doctrines, and procedures
  • Update on the THESUS project of autonomous last-mile resupply and leader-follower vehicles.
  • Redesigning Europe-wide supply chains.
  • Methods to improve industry-defence relations and cooperation.
  • Increasing military openness to off-the-shelf logistics solutions.
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    17:30

    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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    8:30

    Registration & Coffee

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    8:50

    Chairman's Opening Remarks

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    9:00

    Ensuring Effective Combat Service Support for the German Armed Forces

    Brigadier General Ralph Lungershausen

    Brigadier General Ralph Lungershausen, Deputy Commander, Bundeswehr Logistics Command, German Armed Forces

  •  Overview of the capabilities of the Bundeswehr Logistics Command
  • Current Challenges to CSS within the German armed forces, and ways they are being resolved
  • Intended future developments of the Bundeswehr and the future of Defence logistics
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    9:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    10:00

    Optimising Logistics Support as a Force Enabler for the Central and Eastern European Region

    Brigadier General Stefan Lampl

    Brigadier General Stefan Lampl, Commander, Austrian Armed Forces

  •  The military must develop capabilities to cover the entire military supply chain
  • Collaboration and integration with civilian industry in the strategic logistics base is a must
  • Cooperation should already start with multinational integrated training
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    10:30

    Morning Coffee

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    11:00

    Maintaining the Pace of Logistics Modernization and Integration in the Albanian Armed Forces

    Commanding Officer

    Commanding Officer, Support Command, Albanian Armed Forces

  •  Overview of the progress of the Albanian military modernisation towards full unified logistics capacities with NATO members states:
  • Steps taken to unify standards in equipment, techniques, systems, and training
  • Outstanding defence logistics needs to fully accomplish military operations of a larger spectrum
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    11:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    12:00

    Networking Lunch

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    13:00

    Update on the Defence Industry and the Romanian Government

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , Armaments Directorate, Romanian MoD

  •  Current and Future Defence procurement plans
  • The relation between government and industry
  • Logistics and the need for industry/government cooperation
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    13:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    14:00

    The Role of the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) in Supporting Current Operations

    Colonel Stale  Rudilokken

    Colonel Stale Rudilokken, Director of Staff, Norwegian Armed Forces

  •   Assessing the current capabilities of the NDLO in providing optimal supply chain management
  • Engaging with third-party suppliers to provide additional military logistic support and to reduce military costs
  • NDLO preparation to deal with the logistical support requirements of the future
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    14:30

    Afternoon Tea

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    15:00

    The MCCE – Delivering Flexible multimodal solutions for its members

    Colonel Gioacchino Cassara

    Colonel Gioacchino Cassara, Director, MCCE

  •  The role of the MCCE in providing logistical support services as a broker for strategic transport
  • MCCE: maximizing synergies, reducing costs, increasing capacities for the Nations
  • Future logistics opportunities and strategies of the MCCE
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    15:30

    Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) 2024 Updates

    Colonel Harald Struzyna

    Colonel Harald Struzyna, Commanding Officer, Strategic Airlift Interim Solution Coordination Cell

  • Providing Service for over and outsized cargo in a changed environment
  • What are the main aspects of the changed operating environment?
  • What have the key challenges been for SALIS in recent years?
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    16:00

    Heavy Airlift Wing: Delivering Strategic Airlift Capability to Support Logistic Operations at Pace

    Lieutenant Colonel Mattias Gustavsson

    Lieutenant Colonel Mattias Gustavsson, Deputy Director MCCE, Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)

  •  Maximising military strategic airlift capability through the sharing of resources and pooling of capacity
  • Supporting national logistic missions with airlift capability
  • Collaborating to rapidly deploy forces and equipment for humanitarian, disaster relief, combat, and peacekeeping missions
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    16:30

    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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