The Transformation of the Defense and Security Sector to the New Logistics 4.0: Public–Private Cooperation as a Necessary Catalyst Strategy

  • Manuel A. Fernández-Villacañas MarínEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 152)


The logistical needs to develop and maintain both military and police weapon systems and support material are being met to respond to a set of certain risks, which now imply the invasion of the territory as well as other threats, such as international terrorism, cyberattacks, corruption, drug and arms trafficking, global organized crime, or the trafficking of human beings. The strategic support that will guide the new operative concepts and together with the acquisition of new military and police capabilities is based nowadays, and will be increasingly in the future, on technology and logistics capacity. In this sense, the concepts of the new logistics have experienced a great catalyze with the digital transformation, which requires a complete organizational, cultural, and strategic reinvention of both the armed and police forces and the defense and security industry. The qualitative research conducted has detected a gap in the reactive adaptation of the armed and police forces to the new logistics 4.0, in relation to its proactive implementation by the main companies of this sector. The implementation of public–private cooperation models, which in addition to involving advantages in the improvement of military and police efficiency as well as business development for the industrial sector, will involve the permanent and bidirectional transfer of knowledge among the structures implicated, including the adaptation and permanent dynamic adjustment to the great changes that the exponential digital evolution will imply.


Digital transformation Logistics 4.0 Defense and security industry 4.0 Military logistics Armed and police forces Public–private cooperation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Spanish Air ForceMadridSpain
  2. 2.Higher Technical School of Aeronautical and Space EngineeringTechnical University of MadridMadridSpain

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