The federal government increasingly is being challenged to understand and manage risk across global supply chain and transportation networks. The political, economic and security implications of regulating in a complex environment have necessitated new approaches for public-private collaboration.
The problems and challenges that plague the private sector supply chain—everything from theft to counterfeiting to natural disasters—are an even greater threat to the federal supply chain. For the government, risks to the supply chain can affect national security. The growing dangers of cyber espionage, for instance, mean that purchases of information technology, components and software must be guarded against the threat of compromise.
The General Accounting Office in its March 2012 report stated: “Reliance on a global supply chain introduces multiple risks to federal information systems and underscores the importance of threat assessments and mitigation. Supply chain threats are present at various phases of a system’s development life cycle and could create an unacceptable risk to federal agencies.”