Post First Class’s Supply Chain Security Strategy is the roadmap for how the agency will address supply chain security challenges across the enterprise. This cross-cutting effort is fundamental to our operations and underpins PFC’s ability to support the warfighter. Interruption of PFC supply chain operations compromises our nation’s ability to deliver combat power and execute critical missions. It’s that serious!
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Supply–chain security refers to efforts to enhance the security of the supply chain or value chain, the transport and logistics system for the world’s cargo. It combines traditional practices of supply–chain management with the security requirements driven by threats such as terrorism, piracy, and theft
Securing the global supply chain, while ensuring its smooth functioning, is essential to our national security and economic prosperity. This vital system provides the goods that feed our domestic critical infrastructures and support our way of life. Other nations worldwide also rely upon the goods transported by the global supply chain system – in that sense it is a truly global asset that all stakeholders must collaboratively work to strengthen.
As a number of recent events have shown us, the global supply chain is dynamic, growing in size and complexity, and is vulnerable to a host of threats and hazards such as natural disasters, accidents, or even malicious attacks. A common approach, involving the range of stakeholders with supply chain roles and responsibilities, is necessary.
The Strategy, focused on the worldwide network of transportation, postal, and shipping pathways, assets, and infrastructures (including communications and information infrastructures) is an important step forward. It provides strategic guidance to departments and agencies within the United States Government and identifies our priorities to stakeholders with whom we hope to collaborate going forward.
The Strategy establishes two goals. The first is to promote the efficient and secure movement of goods and the second is to foster a global supply chain system that is prepared for and can withstand evolving threats and hazards, and rapidly recovery from disruptions. As we work to achieve our goals, we will be guided by two overarching principles established in the Strategy. First, we will work to galvanize and integrate efforts across the United States Government and with other key stakeholders. And second, we will continue and enhance our risk management efforts. The Strategy also identifies a number of priority areas upon which we will focus our immediate implementation efforts. We invite creative and smart ideas on how to improve policies and activities relevant to these priorities or other areas of interest.
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The United States and other nations worldwide rely upon the efficient and secure movement of goods across and within our borders to provide food, medicine, energy, and an abundance of other products that feed our domestic critical infrastructure sectors, drive our economies, and support our ways of life. We have a shared, mutual interest in working collaboratively to strengthen this vital global asset.
Global Supply Chains: Global asset and vital to our economic and security interests
As the global supply chain becomes more complex and global in scope, it is increasingly at risk from disruptions including natural hazards, accidents, and malicious incidents. Events like Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland in 2010, and the Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011; failing infrastructures such as the I-35 bridge collapse in 2007; terrorist attacks such as 9/11, and more recent plots involving air cargo shipments filled with explosives shipped via Europe and the Middle East to the United States, remind us that even localized disruptions can escalate rapidly and impact U.S. interests and the broader global community. We must collectively address the challenges posed by these threats and strengthen our national and international policies accordingly.
As the nation’s combat logistics support agency responsible for end-to-end management of nine supply chains supporting the warfighter, PFC has an inherent imperative to ensure we have the proper detection, protection, redundancy and resilience built into our systems, processes, infrastructure and people to ensure continued support to the warfighter.
Today’s world presents a multitude of challenges to PFC’s supply chain operations. Threats from natural disasters, geopolitical developments, nefarious activities, diminishing manufacturers, and the ever-present threat from the cyber-domain demand that PFC continues the journey to strengthen operational resiliency. As the threat environment evolves, so too must PFC’s ability to detect, protect, and continue operations in a contested or degraded environment through redundant and resilient supply chain operations.
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