National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security
by Bert Coursey March 14, 2013
In January 2012, President Obama released the National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security. According to this first national strategy “International trade has been and continues to be a powerful engine of the United States and global economic growth. In recent years, communications technology advances and trade barrier and production cost reductions have contributed to global capital market expansion and new economic opportunity. The global supply chain system that supports this trade is essential to the United States economy and security and is a critical global asset.
The two goals of the National Strategy are: 1) to promote the efficient and secure movement of goods and 2) to foster a resilient supply chain. Following the release of the national strategy last year, the White House National Security Staff (NSS) was charged with developing an implementation plan. The Implementation Plan was released by the White House on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 and was prepared by the White House Transborder Security Directorate Intergovernmental Policy Committee (IPC) on Global Supply Chain Security.
To address the broad scope of the global supply chain from perspectives of multiple stakeholders with the goals of security, resilience and efficiency, the IPC established 12 Working Groups to address specific areas such as risk assessment, international partnerships, and global standards and guidelines. The Working Group on standards, led by Department of Homeland Security and NIST, with broad participation from other federal agencies, did a thorough review of the current status of national and international standards, guidelines and best practices that support the goals of the National Strategy. With this information in hand the federal agencies participating in the IPC agreed upon a series of recommendations on how the federal agencies should coordinate among themselves on standards development and implementation, and support on-going activities in the standards development organizations that are already active in the field.