Issue: May 2011


Military vehicle supply chain



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Globalization is also affecting the military vehicle supply chain. Governments no longer source locally or from allies as a matter of course – suppliers now have to compete much more aggressively. 

Today’s fighting forces need a fleet of vehicles that can meet the rapidly evolving support requirements for strategic missions. The priority is to provide a variety of added capabilities, while significantly decreasing costs and increasing efficiencies. In order to match this “dramatic” change the way the industry does business, the annual Military Vehicles Exhibition and Conference says it is expanding its focus. 

Already the largest stand-alone military vehicles exhibition in the US, MVEC 2011 says it now incorporates the entire supply chain, addressing mission-critical imperatives: 

• Synchronizing the plans and actions of all agencies involved In procurement, integration, sustainability and management of vehicles 

• Adjusting fleet size and mix to ensure all services have the right vehicles at prices in line with budgetary requirements 

• Advancing research and development to ensure that vehicles have the necessary armor and weapons as well as the power and capacity to carry them 

• Outfitting vehicles with updated technology, including communication, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment 

Adam D. Golove Large Scale Events and Tradeshow marketing manager told Automotive Industries (AI) – IDGA what delegates had gone home with after the previous two Military Vehicles Convention & Conference. 

Golove: Participants gain invaluable insight into the international vehicles community's purchasing processes, requirements and emerging technologies. The event incorporates the entire supply chain, addressing mission-critical imperatives: 

* Synchronizing the plans and actions of all agencies involved 

* In procurement, integration, sustainability and management of vehicles 

* Adjusting fleet size and mix to ensure all services have the right vehicles at prices in line with budgetary requirements 

* Advancing research and development to ensure that vehicles have the necessary armor and weapons as well as the power and capacity to carry them 

* Outfitting vehicles with updated technology, including communication, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment 

AI: How many participants are you expecting at this year's summit? 

Golove: Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference attracts over 4,000 professionals from around the world! 

AI: Tell us a little about the companies that you expect to participate in this year's summit. 

Golove: The companies that participate in the Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference represent the leading OEMs, equipment suppliers, service providers, DoD agencies and R&D institutions in the global military vehicles community. These organizations include MARCORSYSCOM, TACOM, USATEC, Israeli Ministry of Defense, US Customs and Border Protection, Navistar, DRS Tactical Systems, L-3 Communications, General Dynamics C4 Systems - and many more! 

AI: What will be some of the highlights at the 2011 Military Vehicles Convention & Conference? 

Golove: Honored as one of Trade Show Executive Magazine's 2011 Fastest 50 growing trade shows, Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference continues to our excite our audience! Highlights for 2011 include Embassy Row (purchasing delegations from coalition nations with confirmed meeting space on the expo floor!), new vehicles on display and a complete review of emerging opportunities in the entire vehicles supply chain! 

AI: What are some of the technologies that will be highlighted at the event? 

Golove: Communication, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment.


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