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February 2, 2009

In Search of Global Supply Chain Security

Filed under: International HLS,Strategy — by Jonah Czerwinski on February 2, 2009

I am headed to Munich today. No, not for Wehrkunde. U.S. European Command, the Naval Postgraduate School, and others are hosting “GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: Security Challenges and Solutions.” The conference kicks off with Michael Ritchie, Director, EUCOM Commander’s Interagency Engagement Group and Vice Admiral Richard K. Gallagher, Deputy Commander of USEUCOM. NATO, EU, and national governments will attend to discuss solutions to the security challenges facing the intersection of global commerce and national/homeland security.

I’ll deliver my speech Wednesday on Global Movement Management 2.0. The main components will include the analysis and framework from our 2008 white paper by the same title and connections between GMM, the conference, and IBM’s Smart Planet initiatives.

Others scheduled to present include Kathy Conway, U.S. Attaché to the European Union, CBP, Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Mike Dietz, Supervisory Defense Critical Infrastructure Program Manager, U.S.European Command, LtCol David W. Maxwell, Deputy Chief, Logistics Support Division, EUCOM J4, Brigadier General Tarnowski, Chief, Logistics Department, Joint ForcesCommand, Federal Armed Forces, (Germany), Brigadier General Jaroslav Kocián, Commander of the Czech Army Support Command (Czech Republic), and Dr. Paul Needham, Director Supply Chain Management Program, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, NDU.

I won’t be the only person from IBM there. Colm Leonard, Executive Program Manager – Northeast & CEEMEA Import Compliance & Supply Chain Security, IBM, is presenting later in the day on Wednesday.

Blogging from Munich shouldn’t be a problem so I hope to keep you posted.

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