The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has just published the report of its inquiry into "the use of information to manage the logistics supply chain". Media reporting highlights comments in the report that the IT systems used to manage the complex supply chain were "not adequate for the task".
As a result, the risk of failure of these warehouse inventory systems was considered "extremely high" - and was recently rated as "critical" by the MoD's Defence Logistics Board. The report said: "If these systems fail, then the result could be shortages at the front line within as little as 30 days."
Responding to the report, Defence Minister Peter Luff MP said that "Ensuring our armed forces on the frontline have all they need is a top priority and there are no shortages in Afghanistan."