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February 8, 2012

Supply chain testimony

Yesterday several DHS officials and others were on the Hill giving testimony related to the new National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security.  Please see: http://homeland.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-balancing-maritime-security-and-trade-facilitation-protecting-our-ports

Three quick impressions:

1. Constructive example of “stovepipes” being brought together around a supposedly stovepipe-busting strategy.

2. The tension between security and resilience is real, persistent, and difficult to effectively engage.   Security is tough enough.  Resilience requires even more creativity.

3. It is striking to have a hearing on this topic without hearing directly from the private sector as well.

This is an early step in rolling-out the new strategy.  Much more to come.

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Comment by Dan O'Connor

February 8, 2012 @ 9:33 am

It is striking that those who do supply chain with cost benefit in mind have yet to be included.

I am also curious to see if continentalism vs globalism will be discussed to further resilience and potency.

Comment by Philip J. Palin

February 8, 2012 @ 10:05 am

Dan: Nice distinction: “those who do supply chain with cost benefit in mind”.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 9, 2012 @ 2:33 am

Most supply chain issues are unknown or unstudied. Witness Fukishima and Thai flooding last year.

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