NDTA-IDB Panel Explores Supply Chain Resiliency in the Post-COVID World
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fragility of the global supply chain. Many industries and organizations, including the government and military, are being turned upside down with the uncertainty of what normalcy will look like if and when it returns.
To address this uncertainty, the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) brought together a panel of distinguished participants to discuss lessons learned from the pandemic thus far, the extent of disruption in operations and supply chains in both the private sector and military, and how to better prepare for the future.
The virtual panel, Post-COVID-19: How to be Lean—Without Becoming Brittle!, took place June 25, 2020. NDTA President VADM William “Andy” Brown, USN (Ret.) and IDB President MG Jim Hodge, USA (Ret) served as moderators. Panelists included Lt Gen Giovanni Tuck, USAF, Director for Logistics, J4, Joint Staff, and Sridhar Chandrasekaran, Partner at Goldratt Consulting, a leader in constraint-based decision-making.
“Yesterday’s conversation with NDTA, IDB, the Joint Staff, and Goldratt Consulting revealed to me the extreme value of asking hard questions that can be answered creatively by both the defense and private sectors collectively,” said MG Hodge. “Public-private partnerships will underpin the strength of our economy and we need to continue having these types of conversations.”
“This session is a ‘must hear’ event for anyone running a company or trying to manage in a world changed by COVID-19,” said VADM Brown, adding that the conversation is one he envisions NDTA and IDB working together to facilitate in future events.