International Cooperation in Logistics Education: Brazil's Instituto De Logistica Da Aeronautica and the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology
de Barros Santos, Jorge Luiz Alves, DISAM Journal of International Security Assistance Management
The Brazilian Air Force (BAF) Institute of Logistics, Instituto de Logistica da Aeronautica (ILA), was created in 1988. Its mission is to prepare BAF's human resources to face the challenges imposed by modern times. Training and education are its priorities.
At the time of its creation, ILA represented the consolidation of many courses related to logistics management that were taught all over the country at the various units of the BAF. At that moment Air Force management decided to create a school to concentrate all of those shortterm courses and training. The place chosen to receive the new school was Sao Paulo AFB, which is close to Sao Paulo International Airport, in the suburb of Guarulhos. The base had available the necessary facilities to accommodate the school. Besides, the base is also very close to Sao Paulo Industrial Park, which provides an additional advantage. S ao Paulo, a major Brazilian city, offers excellent civilian universities where BAF has been recruting technicians and scientists to fill its personnel requirements.
One of the early proponents of ILA was Lieutenant Colonel Wilson Jose Romao, who became aware of the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology while he was serving as his country's representative at the International Logistics Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He became ILA's second director and was a strong supporter of developing a program of logistics education for the professionalization of logisticians in the BAF. Today, General Romao continues to be interested in the school in his position as director of the BAF Weapons Directorate, many of whose personnel are graduates of ILA courses.
Currently the school provides training to support the BAF Logistics Command, with courses in areas such as maintenance management, munitions management, aerospace materials, civil engineering, and computer science, among others. The school has a permanent staff of 20 officers and 60 NCO's. Since the concept at ILA is to give the students an environment as close as possible to the real-life problems they face daily, there is heavy reliance on adjunct faculty. Most of the classes are taught by BAF personnel who are working regularly in their specialties and do not belong to ILA. They merge the current techniques and policies being used on the job with the theoretical information provided by the resident faculty.
In 1998 there were 55 courses of variable duration, the shortest being five days and the longest six months. Attending those courses were 1550 students. Since 1988 ILA has taught approximately 20,000 students, including BAF officers, NCO's, civilians, and officers of the Brazilian Army, Navy, and allied countries.
In 1990, BAF began to send officers to attend courses abroad, mainly in the U.S.A., using Foreign Military Sales (FMS) training programs. Between 1990 and 1998 eleven officers were sent to obtain Master's Degrees in Logistics Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) to fulfill the growing need for expertise in logistics management.
As a result of this investment, in 1995 the Curso de Extensao em Logistica (CELOG) was created at ILA to transfer the knowledge brought from abroad. This is the centerpiece of cooperation between AFIT and ILA. This course offers a condensed version of the logistics management program at AFIT, with the duration of six months and a total of 420 class hours. This is a non-degree program, however. The syllabus contains subjects such as logistics management, reliability, transportation, microeconomics, statistics, computer simulation, and production planning, among others. While the …
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Publication information: Article title: International Cooperation in Logistics Education: Brazil's Instituto De Logistica Da Aeronautica and the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology. Contributors: de Barros Santos, Jorge Luiz Alves - Author. Magazine title: DISAM Journal of International Security Assistance Management. Volume: 21. Issue: 2 Publication date: Winter 1999. Page number: 68+. © Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management Fall 1997. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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