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Babcock Joins MOD Green Box Program

Babcock International Group PLC : 25 October, 2010  (Company News)
The UK Ministry of Defence’s program for improving defence logistics support has been subscribed to by Babcock International
Babcock has joined the MOD Logistic Network Enabled Capability (Log NEC) Programme Green Box – a group of Tier 1 industry partners that will help shape and implement the future MOD information architecture for defence logistic support.

The Green Box aims to improve end-to-end logistics to the mutual benefit of defence and industry, by incorporating Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) information requirements into the Log NEC Programme, to enable both defence and industry make better decisions and reduce the cost of supporting air, land and maritime platforms.

To achieve this, roles undertaken by the Green Box will include helping to define information services and logistic support requirements; assessing the current information architecture and whether it will support future logistic support requirements; proposing how the future information landscape should look; providing best practice advice to defence (representing the industry view, injecting new ideas, highlighting common problem areas and providing input to relevant policies); and liaising between subject matter experts in industry and defence to enable detailed problem resolution.

As a result, long-term improvements to be derived will include reduced cost (to defence and industry) of delivering CLS contracts thanks to the captured information, and issues affecting CLS delivery will be resolved more quickly and easily. Information system capability will also be harmonised across platforms and domains, and information management will be improved, increasing the accuracy of fleet and asset management.

Babcock head of information and knowledge management, Chris Rowley, commented: “We are very pleased to join the Green Box team. Being a member allows Babcock to be an active participant in all information management decisions that will affect future MOD through-life support and CLS contracts. This work builds on the activities we are already undertaking with the UK Council for Electronic Business to help transform secure information sharing across the defence acquisition and support lifecycle.”

Industry players involved in the Green Box alongside the MOD are: AgustaWestland, Babcock, BAE Systems, Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, Thales, and UK Council for Electronic Business (UK CeB).

Brigadier Alan Clacher, Head of the Log NEC Programme, said: “I am delighted that Babcock have joined the Green Box, as I believe they have a significant amount to contribute to the vital role of the Green Box team.”
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