International Officers Attend LOGTECH's Advanced Program in Logistics and Technology

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- LOGTECH's Advanced Program in Logistics and Technology held a one-week course from March 24-29, 2013 at the Paul J. Rizzo Executive Education Center in Chapel Hill, NC. This 48th offering of the LOGTECH Advanced Program, now in its 13th year, included the largest group of International Officers to date. Representatives of Armed Forces from seven nations joined the joint class of uniformed and civilian participants from all of the U.S. military services, some DoD organizations, and private defense industries.

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The International Officers were from the Indonesian National Armed Forces; The Royal Jordanian Army; The Mexican Armed Forces (Fuerzas Armadas de Mexico); The Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces; The Pakistan Armed Forces; Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, and the Singapore Armed Forces. The bulk of the international students attended the LOGTECH Advanced Program as part of a seven-week International Logistics Executives Advanced Development (ILEAD) program managed by the U.S. Navy Supply School in Newport, Rhode Island. One student attended as part of an annual contingent of U.S. Army War College students completing the program as an academic elective.

One highlight of the week was an international dinner discussion led by Ambassador (Ret.) David C. Litt, the Executive Director for the Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction (CSER) of the Institute for Defense and Business. In that two-hour event the International Officers shared their insights into the role of international logistics in crisis operations with attendees that included members of the class and several other guests.

"These international military logisticians demonstrated the universality of the challenges their American counterparts face in post-disaster or post-conflict operations," said Amb. (Ret.) Litt. "Among these are dealing with the sovereignty and authorities of the affected government, assessing logistics priorities in chaotic situations, and overcoming communication difficulties across different languages and cultures."

Commander Ibrahim Malja - Castro, from the Mexican Armed Forces (Furzes Armadas de Mexico) aptly summarized the night's theme of partnership, saying, "We (in the international community) are trying to evolve from neighbors, to friends, to partners."

The seven ILEAD participants are in the U.S. to gain a better understanding of current trends in logistics and supply chain management from the military perspective. At the LOGTECH Advanced Program they learned, with their U.S. counterparts, how to apply business principles to improve their operations and accelerate adoption of future logistics technologies in their organizations. The ability of all of the logisticians represented in the course to effectively sustain and support those who defend their respective nations was improved by the diversity of experience, thought, and perspective represented in the class.

The IDB is a non-profit research and education institute formed in 1997 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. The institute provides custom executive education programs in the areas of logistics and technology, life cycle systems, leadership and organizational transformation, strategic studies, and stabilization and economic reconstruction. The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School partner on development and delivery of a suite of LOGTECH programs. The U.S. Army Materiel Command is the DoD Executive Agent for LOGTECH.

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SOURCE Institute for Defense and Business



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