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Modelling Towards Self Sufficiency – a Sustainable Defence Support Working Group

26/Jun/2024 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Integrating advanced sustainable technologies, technical insight and industry knowledge on Military Operations has the potential to reduce logistic burden, extend the time a force can operate without resupply and reduce operating costs.  This will increase supply chain resilience, give Commanders’ freedom to operate and help create operational advantage over our adversaries. It may even reduce or mitigate the climate impact of military operations.

Outline of Activities

Defence Support released their Toward Self Sufficiency Concept Note in November 2023. It outlines a number of hypotheses for how a self-sufficient approach to military operations could deliver operational advantage, and identifies areas for innovation, research and experimentation.  Defence Support are now investigating how digital modelling can be used to consistently and repeatably contextualise how new technologies perform in simulated military environments. Understanding the benefits of a novel, sustainable technology in the context of military operations will help assess the opportunities and inform early capability investment decisions.

At this event we will hear from academia, Defence organisations and others about their prioritisation of low carbon and self-sustaining solutions along with the tools and information they use to inform and prioritise their investments.

The current thinking about the Toward Self Sufficiency model will then be shared and this will be followed by a workshop where your input will help inform the next stages of development.

Your Input

In the afternoon workshops, Defence Support invite you to challenge their modelling assumptions, suggest how wider modelling practice could be utilised, identify how benefits, service levels and KPIs could be measured and promote how your innovative water, waste, energy, material solutions could be modelled.


The workshop will assist the scoping and development of the Towards Self Sufficiency model development so that it will be more effective at assessing technologies that will lead to more self sufficient and sustained operations.

Who Should attend

Providers of deployable base infrastructure, utilities and innovators in material, food, waste, water, energy and circular economics along with lifecycle modellers who can help understaffs what could, should and must (& must not) be measured as part of a self-sufficiency modelling tool.  We also need to understand enablers that will enable support data capture, connectivity, processing, and performance management.

Register to Attend

The event is free to attend.  There will be limited in person attendance with wider online participation. In person tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis and limited to one person per company. 


Smart casual or uniform as applicable


Strategic Command, Strat Cmd


9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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