Supply Chain Threats
The globalization of the world economy has placed critical links in the manufacturing supply chain under the direct control of U.S. adversaries. Existing supply chain vulnerabilities cross both the military and commercial domains.
Fittingly, just as the economies of nations become interwoven, the competition for natural resources, global influence and military superiority has escalated – leaving the probability of a serious supply chain compromise a near statistical certainty.
Today, companies have less control over their supply chains. Identifying compromises when they occur is exceedingly difficult, unearthing the culprits is a long-shot, and true attribution pivots on a scale of the “rare” to the “unheard-of.” As a result, not only do U.S. adversaries use access to the supply chain to pursue technologies and gain access to sensitive systems, foreign manufacturers can also, simply and effectively, insert counterfeit parts into products destined for the United States and degrade the performance of U.S. systems.
This is poised to create many challenges for the U.S. government – especially in the intelligence and defense communities. As more and more links in the supply chain globalize, the reliable suppliers and “trusted” manufacturers will become increasingly scarce.