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DOD’s Gregory Kausner Forms Working Group to Boost Defense Supply Chain Resilience

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Gregory Kausner
Gregory Kausner Undersecretary of Defense Acquisition

Gregory Kausner, acting undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense, has formed a working group to identify organizational factors that limit DOD's visibility into supply chain operations and develop measures to increase its ability to address risk events.

DOD said Friday its industrial policy office will lead a two-year effort to assess defense supply chain resilience and craft a strategy to secure the department's network with suppliers.

“We are working to solve a problem that took 50 years to evolve," said Kausner. “Effective implementation begins with understanding our vulnerabilities and the necessary responses, so we can focus our efforts to build greater resiliency across critical supply chains.”

The Pentagon, Congress and the Biden administration have prioritized initiatives to mitigate supply chain risks amid the pandemic.

President Biden signed an executive order in February instructing the heads of federal agencies to work with the private sector to ensure the resilience, diversity and security of the flow of goods and services nationwide.

ExecutiveBiz, sister site of ExecutiveGov, is scheduled to host the “Supply Chain Cybersecurity: Revelations and Innovations” forum on Oct. 26. Visit the EBiz Events page to register for this virtual event.