Program Recap: COVID-19 Supply Chain Challenges Panel Discussion

Program Recap: COVID-19 Supply Chain Challenges Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, April 28 INSA hosted a virtual panel discussion focused on COVID-19 Supply Chain Challenges. Over 250 people logged on to join the conversation about how the pandemic has impacted the supply chain and how the IC is adjusting to ensure supply chain security moving forward.

Panelists agreed that COVID-19 is severely affecting an already vulnerable supply chain and adversaries have been capitalizing on the opportunity to exploit such vulnerabilities. The discussion shed light on some of the challenges presented by the pandemic, as well as the new tools the IC is using to more quickly respond to disruptions. Special thanks to Jeffrey Scott Miller, Managing Director, Accenture Federal Services, for moderating the conversation!

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Key Takeaways:  

  • Jennifer Santos, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, noted a silver lining: as supply chain vulnerabilities have been exposed during the COVID-19 crisis, DoD has recalibrated aspects of its mission to find more ways to work with industry to address these challenges.
  • Mike Gordon, Vice President & CISO, Lockheed Martin Corp.,  discussed Lockheed Martin's proactive efforts around bolstering remote access, not just for its employees but for suppliers as well. Lockheed Martin has also been working with its supply base to strengthen its cyber security.
  • Austin Evans, Global Supply Chain, Risks & Controls Manager, Intel, shared how Intel has been able manage the crisis by enacting longstanding crisis plans with its suppliers and using data analytics to help mitigate supply chain problems.
  • Brandon Daniels, President, Global Markets, Exiger, also spoke about data analytics and how it has helped Exiger illuminate where the 'bad apples' and the opportunities are in the supply chain. Daniels highlighted the possibility of the supply chain being weaponized if the U.S. does not control their supply chain needs.

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