Improving Logistics Cooperation in Crisis Environments
CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction (CSER) at the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB), on behalf of the Joint Staff Director for Logistics (J-4) and the Deputy Chief Management Office of the Department of Defense, conducted the seventh offering of its seminar on Logistics Cooperation for Stabilization and Reconstruction. The week-long seminar took place in Chapel Hill, NC, from December 2-7, 2012. The executive education program is designed to improve logistics cooperation among the public, private, and voluntary sectors in crisis environments, both domestic and international.
"The gaps or inefficiencies in logistics during crises are all too evident and have been the subject of much public complaint," noted Ambassador (Ret.) David C. Litt, the Executive Director of CSER. "This seminar assembles a significant group of relevant actors in order to break down misperceptions, build trust and improve cooperation in logistics. In fact, enhanced logistics cooperation can sometimes lead the way to broader understanding among different organizational cultures involved in crisis response."
The 34 participants brought diverse, real-world experience to the seminar, drawing on lessons from crisis responses across the US and around the globe. Many of their organizations today consult, coordinate, and even plan with one another in small groups, but rarely do all of them coalesce into a fully effective network. The seminar was able to expose participants to their biases about each other, and demonstrate the value of collaboration as they try to execute their relief, rehabilitation or reconstruction efforts in the wake of crisis--whether caused by conflict or disaster. Additionally, through a case study participants explored the logistics challenges in the 2008 Cyclone Nargis relief effort in Myanmar (Burma) as seen from the perspectives of four different responding organizations. They also worked on a fictitious scenario based on past historical disaster incidents in India. They collaborated as logisticians in diversified groups and presented their findings to a Subject Matter Expert Board that included General Roger A. Brady, USAF (Ret.), former Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe. General Brady is also serving this year as an IDB Executive Fellow.
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