Kazakhstan introduces logistics course into military education

Professor George Topic from the US National Defense University in discussion with Kazakh National Defense University logistics faculty
Professor George Topic from the US National Defense University in discussion with Kazakh National Defense University logistics faculty

Astana, Kazakhstan (Jan 14, 2016) – Since 2007, Kazakhstan has been transforming its military education system through the Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP). In their latest milestone under DEEP cooperation, the Kazakhstan National Defense University has announced that starting in 2016, a course on logistics support will be added to the graduate level studies curriculum.

Kazakhstan’s introduction of logistics into military education is expected to foster interoperability between the armed forces of Kazakhstan and her international partners, as the course will feature western approaches to military logistics, factoring in logistical lessons learned from 21st century conflict. The logistics course was developed as part of a cooperative effort among the Kazakh National Defense University, the U.S. National Defense University, and NATO’s Multinational Logistics Coordination Center in Prague.

John Kane, the PfPC's Program Manager for the DEEP Program, noted that "Kazakhstan's development of a logistics course is the result of the tremendous energy and commitment that the Kazakh NDU has put towards adapting Western defense education curricula, with the goal of modernizing the Kazakh PME system. This particular event is a significant step in enabling Kazakhstan to cooperate with NATO and Partner nations on complex logistical tasks."

The DEEP program was initiated in 2007 in response to efforts of former Soviet Union states to transform their defense institutions. Kazakhstan was the first country to begin collaborating with the DEEP program and is not only a recipient of DEEP program benefits, but is also a contributor. Kazakhstani defense education experts are now part of DEEP teams providing assistance to partner countries.

For more information on the DEEP program, please visit http://pfp-consortium.org/index.php/activities/defense-education-enhancement-program-deep