PA Consulting wins MoD research contract to develop and demonstrate advanced logistics con...


PA Consulting Group has won a major contract from the UK Ministry of Defence’s Research Acquisition Organisation to research, define, develop and de-risk advanced logistics concepts, which will have important implications for the transportation and management of material throughout the future defence supply chain.

Working as Prime Contractor, PA Consulting Group is leading a joint industry and academic team to assess and develop the inter-modal and asset/consignment tracking concepts and technologies that are required to meet current and future logistics requirements. PA and the team will also ensure that the integration of these concepts and technologies is de-risked effectively in support of future logistic related acquisitions.


The complete programme of work is scheduled to be completed by May 2009, and its output will be used to inform decisions to progress with full development, procurement and fielding of an integrated inter-modal transport and tracking system.


Lessons learnt in Iraq and other theatres demonstrate the need to be able to transport materiel efficiently through the supply chain, while at the same time identifying and tracking materiel being shipped to and within theatre. The programme of work will identify opportunities to address these needs and to de-risk the technologies necessary to realise them.


The team, led by PA, comprises BMT Defence Services Ltd, Consilium (part of the Wincanton Group), Cranfield University, Lotus Engineering, and the Marshall Group’s Aerospace and Specialist Vehicle Divisions. It brings together the best of defence and civil logistics expertise and will draw upon recent developments in commercial logistics (including the exploitation of new technologies (RFID, GPS etc) and working practices. . PA combines its scientific and engineering capability (based in its dedicated technology centres in Cambridge, UK, and Princeton, US) with its in-depth experience and understanding of UK Defence and logistics challenges.











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About the Ministry of Defence



About the RAO


Established in late 2003 and based at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, the Research Acquisition Organisation (RAO) is charged with the definition and delivery of the MOD’s non-nuclear Science & Technology research program.  The RAO’s principle task is to propose, agree, manage and ensure the delivery of a coherent S&T programme via a number of Research Domains.  Specific tasks include:

-          operating environment research

-          leading the interpretation of results

-          procuring research (or other S&T activity)

-          defining research requirements and formulating programmes.


The RAO has about 85 members of staff covering a range of technical, project management, commercial, finance and administration roles.  It works closely with DSTL and other MoD colleagues such as the Future Business Group of the Defence Procurement Agency.  It is organised around 4 groups: Technology, Information, Manoeuvre and Effects, with a supporting ‘corporate’ arm with cross-cutting commercial, finance and management expertise.



About the joint delivery team


BMT Defence Services Ltd


Cranfield University

Lotus Engineering

Marshall Group


For more information please contact:
Beverley Adams +44(0)1763 285260        e-mail:

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