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New HASC Defense Supply Chain Vulnerabilities Report

Encourage DoD life cycle logisticians, product support managers, program managers, and all defense acquisition workforce professionals to take a look at an important new July 22, 2021 House Armed…

New HASC Defense Supply Chain Vulnerabilities Report

New HASC Defense Supply Chain Vulnerabilities Report
Bill Kobren
Encourage DoD life cycle logisticians, product support managers, program managers, and all defense acquisition workforce professionals to take a look at an important new July 22, 2021 House Armed Services Committee (HASC) task force study entitled “Report of the Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force”.

Key themes noted by the task force: “…neither DOD nor the majority of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) has sufficient visibility on the supply chain to understand its vulnerabilities; DOD cannot build resilience and mitigate risk in the supply chain without a firm understanding of where its materials and supplies are sourced and manufactured; and DOD must have visibility on the defense supply chain to understand its current vulnerabilities and understand its surge capacity in the next crisis. The information is within reach, however, and just as many in the private sector have painfully learned over the COVID crisis, DOD must use the available tools, scale efforts, and partner with industry to achieve supply chain transparency and make strategic assessments.” Additionally, the Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force report contains six recommendations for improving our defense supply chain:
  1. “DOD must treat supply chain security as a defense strategic priority.
  2. DOD must have visibility on the defense supply chain to understand its vulnerabilities and develop risk mitigation strategies.
  3. DOD (and the United States more broadly) needs to reduce reliance on adversaries for resources and manufacturing.
  4. DOD must use its influence to facilitate workforce improvement by creating a productive partnership between the Department, industry, education partners, labor, and other federal 17 and local entities.
  5. DOD should strengthen the ability to leverage close ally and partner capabilities through the National Technology and Industrial Base (NTIB).
  6. DOD should deploy the full range of American innovation to secure the supply chains involving rare earth elements.”

Additional details are also available in a recent webinar from George Mason University Center for Government Contracting entitled “DoD Supply Chain Vulnerabilities – Perspectives from the House Armed Services Committee”.