28 November 2013 - Supreme Group, a global leader in the provision of end to end supply chain solutions in challenging environments around the world, exhibited at the Berlin Security Conference, the 12th Congress on European Security and Defence, held recently in Germany. During a key-note speech at the event, Jeff Mason, Supreme’s Commercial Director for Europe and the Commonwealth, also shared suggestions for enhancing the provision of deployed support to future military operations, by building on 12 years of support and experience in Afghanistan.
“It is fair to say that contractors have played a greater role in Afghanistan than they have had in any other operation, including Iraq. The way that contractors like Supreme have performed in Afghanistan over the past
decade clearly demonstrates the capability and the reliability of contractors and the value that they add to the armed forces,” said Major General (Ret) Jeff Mason. “Contractors have demonstrated that they can and will stand side by side with their military counterparts – even in the most remote location. The distinction has blurred; clearly most do not carry arms and they do not wear a camouflage uniform but they are there providing an essential service. I believe that there is now a greater willingness from the military to explore further contracting opportunities with a trusted team.”
During the speech, Mason suggested that improvements in future deployed operations can be achieved by more training, better contract management, joint planning, and a joint operations room. He highlighted the need for contractors to have a clear idea of the future support ‘landscape’ so the required level of capability could be delivered.
“A joint support force, consisting of a mix of military and contractors, is about being as effective but more efficient, whilst allowing the military to focus on what it does best and enabling industry to do what it does best. Essentially, contractors provide a high level of operational efficiency, while being a more affordable and scalable resource. At the same time, there are other clear political benefits related to reduced numbers of deployed troops. Contractors can also offer early entry in conflict zones, allowing the forces to hit the ground running as there is no ‘downtime’ waiting for the support services to be established,” he concluded.
Supreme Group is a leader in the provision of end to end supply chain solutions in some of the world’s most challenging and remote locations. The Group’s current clients include the United Nations (UN), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and military forces including the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the US Department of Defense (DoD). Supreme has been the sole food logistics provider for the MoD in international operations outside of the UK since 1997. For more information, visit www.supreme-group.net
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