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Military Logistics: The future battlespace and the UK in the Indo Pacific

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13MarNew Voices March 2024

In this New Voices in Global Security Studies seminar, Ronald Ti describes his research into what determines resilience in NATO military logistic units at a tactical level and how wargaming could be used to improve their resilience. João Vitor Tossini explores the United Kingdom’s post-Cold War military presence in the Indo-Pacific and South Atlantic.

Speakers:

Dr Ronald TiOperational level military logistics: staying alive during largescale combat operations in the future NATO Article V battlespace? 

Discussant: Dr Chris Tuck

The Russo-Ukrainian war has become the most technologically driven conflict to date with major changes affecting how logisticians sustain and support combat forces. In this talk Ronald describes his research into what determines resilience in NATO military logistic units at the tactical level and how wargaming could be used to improve their resilience. 'Resilience' has been given much emphasis in recent NATO strategic policy and in the recent Military Committee directive 319-4 (MC 319-4) has been named as a key logistic enabler. Despite this, together with a number of initiatives, resilience at the sub strategic level remains poorly documented. In addition, military logistics (MILOG) remains an understudied area with much less formal academic work than related areas such as supply chain management.

João Tossini - The strategic position of the UK in the Indo-Pacific from the early 1990s to the early 2020s 

Discussant: Dr Zeno Leoni

João delves into the UK's military presence in the Indo-Pacific and South Atlantic post-Cold War, examining British territorial influence and the role of Overseas Territories in power projection. While the UK's presence in the Indo-Pacific has grown since the mid-2010s, strategic weight still favours the South Atlantic. Despite surpassing military investments in the South Atlantic, the complex scenario in the East of Suez prompts questions about the UK government's goals. João contributes to studies on the strategic environment in both regions, exploring the links between British expeditionary warfare and territories in the South Atlantic and Indo-Pacific, beyond the Falklands dispute, and addressing the challenges of the British "return to East of Suez."

Mr João Vitor Tossini is a PhD candidate at the Sao Paulo State University and a visiting researcher at the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. He is a writer for the UK Defence Journal, covering issues related to British power and standing worldwide. He is a member of Unesp’s Defence and International Security Studies Group (GEDES), the Navy Records Society, and the Army Records Society.

New Voices in Global Security is an event series, organised by the School of Security Studies EDI committee, which seeks to promote new research within the field of Security Studies, as well as new and innovative approaches to teaching the discipline.

The series showcases the work of PhD students and Early Career Academics working both within and beyond the School of Security Studies.

At this event

SSSChrisTuckV2

Reader in Strategic Studies

Zeno Leoni 540

Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department


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