DSTA plays a pivotal role in providing responsive and efficient procurement for overseas deployment and exercises. Gearing up for this support, which includes shipment and in-country logistics, can be challenging.

These logistic needs can be wide ranging. For example, Operation Blue Ridge in Afghanistan involved leasing commercial satellite services, vehicles and accommodation. DSTA also needs to address concerns on ground safety, security and familiarity, and cater for frequent changes in requirements due to ground limitations after contract establishment.

With a good understanding of the SAF’s shipment requirements, users’ challenges and industry practices among freight forwarders, the team identified seven countries where frequent exercises are held and consolidated the requirements in a single open tender in 2013. Through this consolidated tender and an innovative pricing mechanism, the team could seek better value for money for the SAF while bringing efficiency to the users.


To identify ideas and measures to better meet the SAF’s logistic needs and freighting requirements for overseas deployment and exercises, DSTA and the Army co-organised the Overseas Deployment Support and Freight Workshop for the first time in May 2013.

The workshop provided SAF officers with a good overview of the procurement process and the know-how to obtain the logistic support for overseas deployment. The significance of complying with foreign governments’ import and export regulations was explained too. The stakeholders also leveraged the opportunity to interact and strengthen their working relationship. With the stage set for closer collaboration between DSTA and SAF users, tight procurement deadlines can be met while maintaining high standards of procurement governance.