03 November 2005
The Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) is changing the way it equips its frontline forces following UK trials of priming equipment packs (PEPs).
The pre-assembled packs provide troop supplies for the first 30 days of deployment, while details of further needs are worked out and a supply chain can be established.
The DLO said that previously, units had to guess what they needed before being deployed. Lt Col Mike Hughes, PEPs user interface manager, said: "The lack of advanced planning led to surges in demand as troops realised extra items were needed."
The move follows widespread criticism of the way supplies reached troops during the war in Iraq.
General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue, chief of defence logistics, told SM
the packs will be used when NATO forces come under UK control in Afghanistan next May. "We will use Afghanistan as a pilot to ensure information systems are right before we extend the project," he said.