Perception on logistics outsourcing at the Kenya Defence Forces
Owuor, Zadok Sylvans Sumba
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The purpose of this study was to determine the factors affecting the perception on logistics , outsourcing at the Kenya Defence Forces. The factors that were considered include the availability of Logistics Service Providers, the nature of logistics services, the policy and regulations on logistics outsourcing, the budgetary a\locations for logistics outsourcing, the secretive nature of the military service and the cha\lenges in logistics outsourcing. The kinds of logistics services that were evaluated included support services, ICT services and ordinance. This was a case study of the Kenya Defence Forces for the period between 2002 - 2011. The main source of secondary data was the Ministry of Defence Website and the Defence Staff Co\lege Logistics Basic Book. Primary data was collected by use of questionnaires that were administered to the respondents at their work stations. The collected data was analyzed by use of exploratory factor analysis technique by aid of descriptive statistics using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Major research findings indicated that outsourcing of support services was mainly affected by availability of logistics service providers while outsourcing of ICT services was mainly affected by the secretive nature ofthe military service and budgetary a\locations had a major effect on the outsourcing of ordinance. The main conclusion was that Kenya Defence Forces was in a dilemma on how to take advantage of the increased space to focus on the core mandate through outsourcing logistics services while at the same time overcome the possibility of compromising its security and avoid exposure to the enemy. The researcher recommends adequate budgetary allocations, a model to align policies and practice of logistics outsourcing and a legal framework to guard logistics outsourcing at KDF.