National Logistics Management Seminar, LOGISEM-23, on the theme ‘Leverage Emerging Global Supply Chain to Enhance Logistics Capabilities While Absorbing Disruptions’, was held on 16 May 2023 at Air Force Auditorium, New Delhi. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhuri inaugurated the Seminar and delivered the key-note address.
In his address, Chief of the Air Staff said, “Global supply chains have become increasingly complex and interconnected, driven by the manuscripts of international trade and advances in technology. The defence sector is not an exception to this trend. The IAF relies heavily on global supply chains for delivery of critical components, equipment, and services to maintain its combat potential at optimum level.”
He added that in recent times, the world had witnessed multiple and varied disruptions like COVID-19 pandemic, Russia-Ukraine conflict, trade barriers, tariff wars and environmental compliance policies and that such events highlighted the vulnerability of supply chains to disruptions.
He said, “To mitigate such disruptions leveraging emerging trends such as digitisation, automation and data analytics should be exploited to enhance IAF logistics capabilities. I am confident that the deliberation, discussions, and ideas generated in the Seminar would help to better understand the dynamics of disruptive environment [sic]”.
Over three sessions during the seminar, speakers deliberated and discussed issues related to the theme of the seminar. The discussions ranged from prospects of domestic aviation industry, modern trends in supply chain management & warehousing, and public procurement initiatives through GeM. The seminar provided an ideal platform for the exchange of ideas between civil and military logisticians and is expected to assist IAF to tailor its supply-chain needs based on modern technologies and global trends. The seminar was live streamed pan-IAF.