Are we doing enough to derisk the defence supply chain?
Defence ministries and major contractors would be at a loose end without vast global supply chains to provide the equipment needed to undertake operations in a timely, cost-effective manner. However, as these chains add more links, the complexity of managing them has steadily increased, while the risk of a single vulnerability – and its potential to disrupt – becomes inevitably more severe.
A critical supplier may suffer financial failure or be found in violation of labour or environmental standards. Just as worrying, foreign infiltration into critical systems for the purposes of disruption is becoming a significant concern given recent attitudes towards cyber and corporate espionage. It is therefore vital that governments and agencies do what they can to better understand the risks and press contractors for transparency and accountability...