What Happens When the Supply Chain Breaks? Implications for the Army Supply Chain Under Attack   [open pdf - 1MB]

"This monograph answers the question: How should the Army adapt to sudden supply network change? Unexpected catastrophic have significant implications for the strategic-level support provided by the national economic base to the U.S. Army. In a system of tightly linked supply chains consisting of consumers, retailers, suppliers, and manufacturers, a sudden change in their ability to communicate data or distribute product can have a significant effect on the entire organization. Many of the companies who responded well to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks had systems and procedures and plans in place that gave them the visibility and agility they needed to shift resources. Because they anticipated disruptions, they designed their organizations so that they could respond. They used the best available technology to help them see supply net exceptions as they were happening allowing them to sense and interpret, and then decide and act on that information. They also protected critical infrastructure, processes, people, and information. They created redundancy by either physically separating resources to mitigate threats and/or they had procedures in place to quickly accommodate or adapt to events by shifting resources where they were needed."

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