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History of Military Logistics

Date:   Jan 30, 2020 - Jan 30, 2020
Time:   12:00 PM
Location:   Webinar

The expression “history repeats itself” applies to logistics just as much as any other facet of life.  Learning from others’ successes and failures can provide renewed context to modern logistics management.  This webinar will provide brief highlights of military logistics from Alexander the Great to the War on Terror with an emphasis on lessons learned and historical successes and failures. 
Duration: 40 minutes followed by Q&A.

Speaker: Lieutenant-Colonel R.G. Bennett, CD

Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Bennett is a direct entry army Logistics Officer hailing from Vermilion, Alberta.  After being recruited by the logistics staff in 4 Wing Cold Lake as a co-operative education university student, he began his career as a Platoon Commander with 1 Service Battalion in Edmonton.  There he deployed with his platoon as part of Roto 2 Op ATHENA to Afghanistan. 

Returning from theatre, he was posted to various positions at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre and Area Support Unit Wainwright.  He was then posted as an instructor to the Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics—now the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Centre.  During his time at the school, he was tasked to support military logistics operations at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics for seven months as the J4 Movements officer at the joint task force headquarters.  Following promotion at the school to the rank of Major, he was posted to the Canadian Joint Operations Command as a J4 desk officer for Afghanistan, DART missions, and Op REASSURANCE.  In 2014, he was appointed Company Commander of Transportation Company at Technical Services Branch, Gagetown.  Following graduation from the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, he was appointed as the Senior Army Logistics Training Advisor.  His most recent posting was with 1st Canadian Division in Kingston where he was the J4. 

LCol Bennett has worked abroad in a variety of locations and capacities including in the Middle East, Korea, and the US.  He is a fluent Spanish speaker, having lived abroad before joining the military.  His academic work has been published in various journals and the popular media with his most recent article “Modelling Command from a Balanced Perspective” being published in 2018 in the Canadian Military Journal.  His current academic work has been centred on design thinking and innovation.

He comes from a business and entrepreneurial background.  LCol Bennett holds a Doctorate of Business Administration in Global Business and Leadership, a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, a Master of Defence Studies degree, and an undergraduate degree in business management.  He recently completed an advanced certification in design thinking.  This is his third posting to the training centre.


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