The Department of Defense (DOD) is requesting industry comments on supply chain challenges as part of efforts to strengthen and secure the defense industrial base in accordance with an executive order signed in February.
DOD said Tuesday it issued a Federal Register Notice to solicit feedback on supply chain opportunities and vulnerabilities in the areas of microelectronics, castings and forgings, select kinetic capabilities and energy storage/batteries and across five systemic enablers: cyber posture, workforce, manufacturing, small business and interoperability.
The Pentagon selected the five strategic enablers and four focus areas through supply chain analysis initiatives across DOD, interagency and the White House.
The executive order requires DOD to conduct and submit a supply chain assessment report within a year. The department expects to publish the report in February 2022. DOD’s office of industrial policy will also seek feedback through ad hoc events and industry engagements in the coming months.
Public comments are due Oct. 13th.
ExecutiveBiz, sister site of GovConDaily and part of the Executive Mosaic digital media umbrella, will host a virtual event about securing the supply chain on Oct. 26. Visit ExecutiveBiz.com to sign up for the “Supply Chain Cybersecurity: Revelations and Innovations” event.