Institute of Military Logistics

Institute of Military Logistics


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Brig. Gen.Dr. Árpád Pohl PhD, Associate Professor
Head of the Institute

Colonel Árpád Pohl graduated from Zrínyi Miklós Military Academy and also successfully completed the General Staff Course in Vienna in 1997. He has been involved in academic matters for more than 30 years, simultaneously fulfilling duties with the Hungarian Army at different levels, including a mission in Afghanistan. His special teaching and research field is logistical support of military operations



Office: H-1101 Budapest, Hungária krt. Zrínyi Campus Building ‘A’ , Room 623
Phone: (36) 1 432 9000/ 29003


The mission of the institute is to educate and to train officers to be able to carry out their tasks in a leadership/commander position of logistical subunits and as a chief of the logistics branch of military units or as a logistics staff officer of a higher command of the Hungarian Defence Forces.

The research and education conducted by the institute are related to military sciences, military technical sciences and natural sciences. In accordance with the reform of military officers’ training we redesigned two degree programs in 2013 which fulfil all the contemporary requirements: the Military Logistics BSc and the Logistics of Military Operations MSc. Contrary to the former specialised education programs, the new programs focus on the preparation of officers for command and control tasks and enabling them to shift towards other public service tracks later on their careers.

We emphasise internationalisation in order to prepare future officers for service in multinational operations. The Institute of Military Logistics has two multinational training programs conducted together with our Austrian, Czech and British partners:

  • MAGLITE Combined Joint Logistics Training (operational level)
  • FOURLOG Logistics Training (tactical level)

Our institute consists of 4 departments:

  • Department of Operational Logistics;
  • Department of Supply and Military Transportation;
  • Department of Military Maintenance;
  • Department of Natural Science

The Institute has been involved in several research programmes recently. The most important research topics are:

  • Conceptualization of critical infrastructure protection and possible adaptations of foreign experiences respectively;
  • Analyses of the spheres, sectors, institutions and legal frameworks of the critical infrastructure protection according to international examples;
  • The role of the traffic system in the critical infrastructure protection;
  • Allocation of the assignments and methodologies for each traffic mode in critical infrastructure protection;
  • Vulnerability analysis of the infrastructure elements of traffic modes and sectors in the European Union as well in Hungary. Possible risk areas for the analysis may be terrorism, natural and man-made disasters, technological hazards etc.;
  • The interdependency of the traffic system on the critical infrastructure protection of the energetic networks, info-communication technologies, food and water supplies, the financial system, public administration and government sectors;
  • The interdependency of the security and defence sector on the critical traffic infrastructure protection;
  • Security and safety research into the priority areas of supply chains and logistics networks;
  • As a result we have published 2 new books, issued 24 studies in recognised national and international periodicals, presented 2 strategic documents upon the request of supervising bodies and held 20 presentations or conferences, 8 of them international.

The institute has many Hungarian and foreign partners. We have very successful cooperation with large Hungarian universities such as Szent István University, Eötvös Loránd University,Budapest Metropolitan University, Budapest Business School and Óbuda University. The most important foreign partners are the Defence College of Logistics Policing and Administration in the UK, the Defence University in the Czech Republic, the Austrian Armed Forces Logistics School, the University of North Georgia in the United States and the Serbian Military Academy.


Department of Operational Logistics

Head of Department: Dr. (Lt. Col.) Attila Horváth, PhD, Associate Professor

   The Operational Logistics Department was established on 1 July 2012 following the integration of high-level military logistics training. The Department is responsible for coordinating the military operational logistics master’s
program and ensuring a high-level of taught skills. In addition, tutors of the Department are supervisors in bachelor education and have consultancy activities at Scientific Students’ Associations Conferences.
   The tutors comprise an important part of the research programs of the Doctoral School of Military Sciences and of the Doctoral School of Military Engineering as research leaders.
   The Department plays one of the most important roles in the MAGLITE Multinational Joint Logistics Training. In recent years, the Department’s activities have played a key role in the military acquisition, critical infrastructure protection and research on supply chain security. The MAGLITE drill has been, and in the future will continue to be an important part of the military operational logistics master’s degree program, which is the part of the vocational training and accords to the requirements and Output Sample Curriculum. The department is responsible for the implementation and conduct of the drill, which provides the department faculty with lecturers who are involved in it.


Department of Supply and Military Transportation

Head of Department: Dr. (Lt. Col.) Andrea Pap, PhD, Associate Professor

   The Department is responsible for supply, military transportation, and military financial studies. The Department has developed a brand new curriculum for Public Service Logistics. The organisation and execution of the annual FOURLOG multinational logistic training program with great success. The lecturers of the Department constantly contribute to Good Governance Researches as well.
   The main fields of the Department’s research activities and the main publication topics are defence logistics, military transportation, military finance, military supply, the supply chain, economic security and defence economics, the personal carbon-footprint of military staff, the carbon and water footprint of military operations, the carbon and water footprint of the Army or even of NATO and the sustainable development of armies.


Department of Military Maintenance

Head of Department: Dr. (Lt. Col.) József Gyarmati, PhD, Associate Professor

   The mission of the Department is to educate and to train logistics officers for the Hungarian Defence Forces, through the modules of armament and of vehicles, to have the ability to operate large-scale military devices (especially weapon systems and military cross-country vehicles) and to organise and command professional subunits, especially prepared platoons, and to carry out the practical activities in logistic support’s general tasks.
   The Department’s main fields of research are: application of Multi-Criteria Decision Making in the field of military-technical science; technical aspects of driver training; metallographic examinations of bullet-damaged armours; examinations of non-metallic bullet-damaged matters; the application of modern antitank-missiles during last decade’s wars; diver education in the Hungarian Defence Force and modelling of critical infrastructure.


Department of Natural Science

Head of Department: Prof. Dr. István Horváth, PhD, Professor

   The Department of Natural Science has a history of several decades in higher and military education. We teach calculus, vector algebra and other higher mathematics. The Department also teach optics, kinematics, mechanics and atomic physics.
   The main research topics of the Department are: Gamma-Ray Bursts, Axiomatic foundations of relativity theories, Dynamics of artificial satellites and exoplanets. The research of the Department is supported by several Hungarian Scientific Research Fund grants (grants no. PD-84093 and no. NN-111016). The members of the Department publish regularly in high quality peer reviewed international journals, such as Astrophysical Journal, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Foundations of Physics, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and Reports on Mathematical Physics.
   The Department has always devoted extra energy to the development of gifted and talented students. As a result of these efforts our students successfully participate in the Hajós György National Mathematics Competitions, as well as at the Student’s Scientific Conferences.