08 January 2004 | David Arminas
The Defence Logistics Organisation will overhaul its equipment tracking systems after two recent reports found problems during the Iraq war.
A DLO spokesman said that funding would be sought this year to improve consignment and asset tracking after problems with a modified version of TAV, a US total asset visibility system.
"The big lesson for us was knowing where consignments were, such as containers, while on their way to Iraq, and then asset tracking, where we could pinpoint equipment once it had been allocated to commanders," he said.
A National Audit Office report, Operation Telic, praised the overall logistics for the 46,000 personnel as "successful overall".
However, the "tracking of supplies in theatre was largely ineffective, manpower intensive and was swamped by sheer volume of supplies," the NAO said.
It noted that there were problems for the 9,100 containers and 15,000 vehicles that meant soldiers went into battle without proper equipment.
But a DLO report, Operations in Iraq - Lessons Learned, denied soldiers had insufficient kit.
"The military got enough equipment in time for military commanders to start the operations," the DLO spokesman said.Some European Union officials are combing an international public procurement agreement to see if the US can prevent anti-war countries from bidding for some of the US-funded £10.7 billion Iraq reconstruction work.