Healthy supply chains remain invisible as we go about daily life. But, behind the scenes, they assure reliable flow of the raw materials, components, and end products that are essential for the economic security of our country, the smooth functioning of government, and the well-being of society as a whole. When disaster strikes, supply chains can be disrupted, placing vulnerable populations at risk. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted supply chains worldwide and revealed vulnerabilities on a scale never before witnessed. From shortages of personal protective equipment to delays in obtaining replacement parts, we are seeing firsthand the fragility of global supply chains. Making supply chains more resilient will help us recover from the current pandemic and help us prepare for future disasters.
Because problems of supply chains are of such importance to DHS, the DHS Centers of Excellence (COEs) have a significant role to play. In this context, a COE COVID-19 Supply Chain Initiative has been established, under the leadership of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), with collaboration from the Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE) and assistance of five other COEs making up an organizing committee. This COE Initiative aims to: 1) identify tools and technologies that might be of help with the current pandemic; 2) identify key lessons learned from the current situation that will better prepare our supply chains for future disasters; and 3) identify areas where new tools and technologies can help us be better prepared for future disasters. It aims to take advantage of the varied skills and tools of the full network of COEs to develop collaborative efforts in the future.
COVID-19 Supply Chain Initiative Workshop News Stories
- Crime Workshop News Story
- Food Supply Workshop News Story
- Labor Supply Workshop News Story
- Medicines Workshop News Story
Fred Roberts, Director, CCICADA Center, Rutgers University (chair)
Beth Jones, Managing Director, CAOE Center, Arizona State University
James Jones, Director, CINA Center, George Mason University
Randy ”Church” Kee, Executive Director, ADAC Center, University of Alaska
Ross Maciejewski, Director, CAOE Center, Arizona State University
Greg Pompelli, Director, CBTS Center, Texas A&M University
Adam Rose, Director, CREATE Center, University of Southern California
Michael Silevitch, Director, ALERT Center, Northeastern University