Brigadier General Nasser Mohammed Al Ali, Assistant Chief of Staff Logistics, Qatar Armed Forces, addressing the Qatar Defence Logistics and Support Forum 2012 held at the Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha yesterday. RIGHT: Major General Eric Law de Lauriston, Deputy Commander, Air Force Support Command, French Air Force, addressing the Qatar Defence Logistics and Support Forum. Salim Matramkot
By Fazeena Saleem
DOHA: Qatar’s armed forces are well-equipped to join any coalition at war fronts, said a senior military official yesterday.
Qatar is strengthening its military ties with other countries through integrated processes, strategies and technologies where its forces will be able to provide responsive and flexible logistics support to the war fighter, said Brigadier General Nasser Mohammed Al Ali, Assistant Chief of Staff Logistics, Qatari Armed Forces, speaking to The Peninsula on the sidelines of the Qatar Defence Logistics and Support Forum 2012.
“We have a good relation with the French armed forces and always have mutual training and military cooperation with others as well. If there is a need, the logistics department is prepared to join any coalition,” said Brigadier General Ali.
Qatar Defence Logistics and Support Forum 2012 opened yesterday at the Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha to discuss a range of logistics considerations for the present day military operations.
The three day event hosts some senior military logistics officers from international armies, navies, air forces and joint forces.
With Qatar’s procurement and military spending growing rapidly, there is a greater need for the development of efficient, effective and interoperable logistics systems and strategies.
“This is important for the military operations and people like us who are working in the military theatres (war fronts) who have to contract how to bring all necessary things to the theatre in time, how to work with the coalition,” said Brigadier General Ali.
The recent wartime operation, ‘Operation Unified Protector’, in Libya highlighted both the importance of coalitions and the logistics capabilities of Qatar and its neighbours. Through integrated processes, strategies and technologies, forces were able to provide responsive and flexible logistics support.
Major General Eric Law de Lauriston, Deputy Commander, Air Force Support Command, French Air Force, said: “Building peace time collaboration enables a totally integrated defence mission. Trust is built by common practice; we had collaborations for more than 10 years if not cooperation could have been difficult,” speaking about the effective cooperation between France and Qatar over Libya.
Military coalitions do not just lie with the Armed Forces. In this region military logisticians have been successful over the past 10 years like in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, largely due to the relationship that they have forged with the industry.
Brigadier General Stephen B Leisenring, Acquisition Corps- Deputy Commander Joint Theatre Supporting Contracting Command, US CENTCOM, said: “New partners is a requirement to support a war front. In logistic support, if the coalition partner has access to better contractors, our planning should take that into consideration in the coalition.”
The forum examines the defence logistics supply chain and how to improve efficiency and reduce cost.
It will also hear what key industry players have planned for the future and which products or services could be useful for other countries and explore performance based logistics as a win-win strategy for suppliers and buyers.