Securing the global supply chain, while ensuring its smooth functioning, is essential to our national security and economic prosperity. This vital system provides the goods that feed our domestic critical infrastructures and support our way of life. Other nations worldwide also rely upon the goods transported by the global supply chain system – in that sense it is a truly global asset that all stakeholders must collaboratively work to strengthen.
As a number of recent events have shown us, the global supply chain is dynamic, growing in size and complexity, and is vulnerable to a host of threats and hazards such as natural disasters, accidents, or even malicious attacks. A common approach, involving the range of stakeholders with supply chain roles and responsibilities, is necessary.
The Strategy, focused on the worldwide network of transportation, postal, and shipping pathways, assets, and infrastructures (including communications and information infrastructures) is an important step forward. It provides strategic guidance to departments and agencies within the United States Government and identifies our priorities to stakeholders with whom we hope to collaborate going forward.
The Strategy establishes two goals. The first is to promote the efficient and secure movement of goods and the second is to foster a global supply chain system that is prepared for and can withstand evolving threats and hazards, and rapidly recovery from disruptions. As we work to achieve our goals, we will be guided by two overarching principles established in the Strategy. First, we will work to galvanize and integrate efforts across the United States Government and with other key stakeholders. And second, we will continue and enhance our risk management efforts. The Strategy also identifies a number of priority areas upon which we will focus our immediate implementation efforts. We invite creative and smart ideas on how to improve policies and activities relevant to these priorities or other areas of interest.
Read the full text of the National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security.