FP Virtual Dialogue: Predicting the Next Supply Chain Disruption

How the Suez and Taiwan Crises Inform the Future of Trade & Security

The fragility of the global supply chain was exposed in dramatic fashion throughout the past year, revealing critical problems that threaten the economies and security of nations around the world. The week-long blockage of the Suez Canal was the most visible example, but the less discernible disruptions that caused shortages of everything from semiconductor supplies to eggs to healthcare equipment showed just how complex the global supply chain is, and how vulnerable it can be. The combined delays resulted in billions of dollars in financial losses, crippling impacts on people’s livelihoods, and a collective realization that the system must change to protect against potential impacts of future pandemics, political conflict, and natural or manmade disasters. Taking these lessons, government and industry leaders are working to improve global monitoring tools needed by decision-makers to better anticipate and respond to threats to international trade routes, transportation infrastructure, and other critical assets.

Foreign Policy, with support from BlackSky, convened a panel of leading experts from the national security, intelligence and global commerce communities to take a look at the new frontier of global monitoring and risk management. The program spotlighted emerging threats and vulnerabilities across the world’s supply chains and explored new tools and technologies, including earth observation and data analytics, that industry leaders hope will strengthen supply chain resilience.

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Dr. Kelly Fletcher

Principal Director to the Deputy Chief Information Officer, Resources & Analysis, Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer
Dr. Kelly Fletcher is a career member of the Senior Executive Service and is supporting the Acting DoD CIO by leading engagement with the Defense ...
Dr. Kelly A. Fletcher poses for her official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. April 06, 2021.  (U.S. Army photo by Leonard Fitzgerald)
Dr. Kelly A. Fletcher poses for her official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. April 06, 2021. (U.S. Army photo by Leonard Fitzgerald)

Bob Kolasky

Assistant Director, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Bob Kolasky was selected to lead the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s National Risk Management Center in 2018, at the Department of Homeland Security. As one...
Bob Kolasky
Bob Kolasky

Maggie Lake

Maggie Lake is a veteran journalist with over two decades of experience covering business, technology, politics and international affairs. She started her career at Reuters, whe...
FP-Maggie Lake
FP-Maggie Lake

Gilman Louie

Commissioner, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence
Gilman Louie is Co-Founder and Partner of Alsop Louie Partners, an early-stage technology venture capital firm founded in 2006. The fi...
Gilman Louie
Gilman Louie

Brittany Masalosalo

Senior Director for Commercial Diplomacy and Multilateral Affairs, 3M
Brittany Masalosalo is the 3M Senior Director for Commercial Diplomacy and Multilateral Affairs and a member of the Global Government Affairs Center of Excellence. Brittany’s ...
FP-Brittany Masalosalo
FP-Brittany Masalosalo

Colonel (Retired) John Mills

Senior Project Engineer, Federal, Civil & Homeland Security Programs, The Aerospace Corporation
John has over 35 years’ experience in the national security world. His recent work in the US Government revolutionized the cyber domain, international partnerships, cyber inno...
FP-John Mills
FP-John Mills

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