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Special issue on 'Developments in defence logistics'

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

Call for papers deadline: 31st January 2011

Guest Editors: Dr Peter Tatham, Dr Bas Rietjens and Dr Keenan Yoho

The defence and security forces of almost every country in the world are under continuing pressure to achieve more with less -- and this is particularly true in the current times of difficult economic circumstances.  Whilst this challenge may be met by postponing the purchase of new equipment or reducing its specification, this is unattractive for those countries whose personnel are engaged in operations in defence of, or away from, their home base. Nevertheless, the costs of supporting new and existing platforms and equipment are unquestionably the subject of increasing scrutiny, and those charged with delivering such support are continually being invited to reduce such costs but without jeopardizing the lives of those to whom this support is being provided.

In attempting to achieve such an aim, a number of significant questions need to be addressed. The principal theories on which logistics and supply network management practices are based relate to relatively stable commercial environments. Military and security operations, on the other hand -- involving actual fighting, peace support operations, disaster relief, or in response to a threat to one's homeland -- are characterized by high degrees of uncertainty and dynamic demands on resources. At the same time, the logistician is often faced with a damaged physical and communications infrastructure, lack of transport, loss of some functions of government, physical violence in many forms, and the presence of many injured and traumatized individuals. Furthermore, the efficiency and effectiveness of the supply network are being increasingly closely scrutinized by governments, the media and the general public.

To what extent, therefore, are current theories developed in the ``for profit'' world able to address the above challenges? Do strategies used by business represent a sound basis on which to set up and operate defence supply networks and their associated information systems, or do the theoretical approaches and practices need to change in such environments?

The objective of this special issue is to facilitate a critical discussion and analysis of the role which logistics and supply network management principles and practices play in delivering support to military and security forces in a rapid, efficient and effective manner. The ambit of the special issue is designed to capture developments in the field that will help to overcome the many challenges across the broad spectrum of activities in which military and security personnel and their supporters (whether civil servants or contractors) are engaged. By the same token, the Guest Editors encourage consideration of perspectives that will advance knowledge in this field as it relates to those serving their country both at home and abroad.

We encourage authors to submit manuscripts which address developments in this important field. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Conceptual models
  • Qualitative and quantitative studies
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Performance measurement
  • The interdependence of material, financial and information flows
  • Supply network integration and cooperation
  • Outsourcing and the role of contractors on deployed operations
  • Technological advances
  • The applicability of logistics concepts.

Author guidelines

Manuscripts should comply with the scope, standards, format and editorial policy of the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management (IJPDLM).  In preparation of their manuscripts, authors are asked to follow the IJPDLM Manuscript Requirements closely, paying particular attention to the word count which should be between 3000 and 6000 words.

All papers will be reviewed through a double-blind peer review process.  A guide for authors, sample articles and other relevant information for submitting papers are available at:

Please submit a copy of your article to all three Guest Editors via email. Full contact details can be found below.

Submission deadline: 31 January 2011

Guest Editors

Dr Peter Tatham, Department of International Business and Asian Studies, Griffith Business School, Room G1_3.23, Gold Coast Campus, QLD 4222, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr Sebastian (Bas) Rietjens, The Netherlands Defence Academy,
Postbus 90002, 4800 PA, Breda, The Netherlands
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr Keenan Yoho, Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School, 555 Dyer Road, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
E-mail: [email protected]