Connecting Global Logistics Through Technology

The theme of the third WCF is to look at the role and use of the Cohesive and connected NATO Codification System as a vital key enabler in the enhanced support of the Warfighter. The importance of Data Quality and technological integration within practical logistics actions cannot be underestimated.

Although the process of Codification is the preserve of specialist cataloguers within the logistics business, the end result forms the lifeblood of the relationship between business of supply and the end user. As a result, the NATO Codification System initiative to build up a common database and set of processes among the various nations and industry is a vital mechanism for the long term success of the logistics function.

The NATO Codification System uses a "language" enabling global identification of materiel and equipment, irrespective of the native tongue of the user. It gives nations the ability to identify and secure replacement parts quickly, manage their inventories and provide collateral support to partners, thereby ensuring the continuous availability of military capability. The System also reduces confusion over the naming of items by providing an extensive, definitive naming scheme.

Codification data is an information source with an open, single point of access to over 17 million NATO Stock Numbers associated with part references from 50 countries updated daily. It contains 37 million manufacturer part numbers and specifications, and 3 million registered suppliers and vendors.

The NATO Codification System will allow you to proactively identify sources of supply, supplier contact information, substitutes or alternative sources of supply and potential markets for the future.

The Forum will concentrate on improving the quality of supplier data by greater interconnectivity between all partners. The Forum is an opportunity for suppliers and customers to meet and exchange experiences and as such ultimately enable better material identification by those involved in the Logistics Chain.

For more information, feel free to contact us.
We hope to see you in Melbourne!

With the invigorating mix of keynote speeches, interactive workshops, exhibition and social event, this Forum will be relevant to anyone – Decision-maker, Provider, Engineer, Logisticians, Soldier, Academic, Contracts or any their involved with the Supply Chain.

Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The first day of the event includes interesting speeches from our keynote speakers and several workshops. The day ends with an official dinner.

Schedule Details

Thursday May 25, 2017 at 8:55 AM

The final day of the event delivers new speeches from the military and industry and new worshops. The event concludes with a farewell cocktail.

Schedule Details

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006, Australia

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) Located on the banks of the Yarra River, the internationally renowned Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) brings people together to deliver world-class events and create memorable visitor experiences. MCEC hosts over 1000 events each year and connects visitors with leading technology, award-winning food made in-house and exceptional customer service.

Major General David Mulhall

Major General David Mulhall

Commander Joint Logistics, Australia

John Bosmans
NATO Support And Procurement Agency

Mr. John Bosmans

Programme Manager
NATO Support And Procurement Agency

Lt. Col. Sverre Olstad

Lt. Col. Sverre Olstad

L.O.S. Programm
Norwegian Armed Forces

Brigadier Rob Krushka
New Zealand

Brigadier Rob Krushka

New Zealand

Vice Admiral Keith W. Lippert

Vice Admiral (ret.) Keith W. Lippert


Prof. Elizabeth Chang

Prof. Elizabeth Chang

Australian Defense Force Academy

Major Thierry Vanden Dries

Mr. Thierry Vanden Dries

Chairman of AC/135
Belgian Armed Forces

Vice Admiral (ret.) Edesio Teixeira Lima Junior

Vice Admiral (ret.) Edesio Teixeira Lima Junior

Director of Defense
Codification Centre Brazil

Other Guest Speakers

Senior logistician officers from Asia-Pacific.
Industry leading services in data management for Defense.

To encourage interactive debate and discussion among delegates the Forum Program will include a range of parallel workshops with topics covering:

  • Data Accuracy and Relevance
  • Novel Ways to Connect Industry with Armed Forces Logistics Through Codification
  • Obsolescence Management
  • Introduction to Codification – Training
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Leveraging Industry Data and Supply Chain Standards in Defense
  • NMCRL - Unique Catalogue of Alternative Sources of Supply
  • A Cradle-to-Grave Solution for Inventory Managers and Through Life Support Staff - The Material Management One-Stop Shop MMOSS
  • ISO 8000 Data Quality
  • RFID Case Study for New Zealand Defense Force
  • A Case Study on Registering to do Business with the U.S. Government in System for Award Management (SAM)
  • NMCRL: How Industry Can Contribute to Part Number Quality for Global Users
  • NLSE Success story of NSN, Redistribution of Stocks
  • Data Quality Based on the NCS, ISO 8000 and Mapping to Other Standards
  • How to Achieve Full Codification Capability, Tier 1 to Tier 2

Two full days with delegates expected from 63 countries, anticipate considerable representation from Asia Pacific; international data managers on codification, logistics, procurement; exhibition, interactive workshops, trainings, demonstations and join official dinner

  • 3m x 2m Exhibition Stand
  • Admittance of 2 person to staff the exhibit
  • One table with two chairs
  • Official dinner
  • All conference meals and materials
  • Listing in Forum Brochure
  • On-site electrical access
  • WI-FI internet
  • 3m x 3m Exhibition Stand in main concourse
  • Admittance of 3 Delegates
  • Leaflets in Delegates Pack
  • Link from the event Web-Site
  • Logo included in Forum publications
  • Optionally, to lead workshop on the agreed topic
  • 5m x 3m Exhibition Stand at the Prominent location to be agreed
  • Admittance of 5 delegates
  • 15 minute speaking slot to all delegates
  • Pop-up Banners in Main Auditorium
  • Logo included in Forum publications
  • Full Page sponsor information in Forum publications
  • Optionally, to lead workshop on the agreed topic

Additional requirements for exhibition stand can be arranged directly with:

In case you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Nikolaos DERVENTZIS from AC135 NATO Codification Secretary.

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