Defense Supply Chain Security: Current State and Opportunities for Improvement
By: Jacques Gansler, Lisa H. Harrington, William Lucyshyn
The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) supply chain is one of the largest, most complex, geographically extended and operationally volatile supply chains in the world. As such, it is at risk from countless existing and potential security threats. These threats range from minimally consequential to potentially catastrophic. They affect the physical flows and products and materials, as well as the information that supports and enables those physical elements. They may compromise missions, endanger lives, or threaten national security. Factors such as globalization, terrorism, and cyber warfare increase DoD’s supply chain security risk. There is a pressing need, therefore, for a comprehensive security strategy and practice across DoD’s physical and cyber/information supply chains. This is the subject of our report.