Defense, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cyber 33 MIN Watch

Building Resilient Global Supply Chains

January 11th, 2024

How the DOD is Building Resilient Global Supply Chains

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“Infantry wins battles, logistics wins wars.” - U.S. Army General John J. Pershing, Commander of American Expeditionary Forces, World War I

That statement is as true today as it was 100 years ago when Gen. Pershing said it. Even as warfighting has seen dramatic changes, military logistics has remained of paramount importance. Some may even say that in today’s technology-driven theaters, logistics is even more important than ever, and the Department of Defense has been vocal about its efforts to build resilient global supply chains.

Specifically, the digital supply chains associated with the technologies we use to advance American interests around the world are essential to understand, manage and protect. That’s why GDIT recently convened Department of Defense leaders to discuss how to do just that. From software and hardware to cryptography, software bills of materials (SBOMs) and other BOMs, the men and women charged with building resilient supply chains for the DoD have a tremendously important responsibility.

Watch this video and hear Jennifer Swanson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Data, Engineering & Software with the U.S. Army; Michele Iversen, Director, Risk Assessment and Operational Integration at the Department of Defense; Jospeh Carlson, Director, Acquisition Logistics at the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and myself discuss the challenges, opportunities, and imperatives on the horizon when it comes to protecting digital supply chains for America’s warfighters.