Troops, Supply Chain Listed as New Management Challenges

Troops, Supply Chain Listed as New Management Challenges

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The Defense Department inspector general’s annual report of top management challenges facing the military adds two new concerns. One is ensuring the welfare and well-being of service members and their families. The second involves security and management of the supply chain.

The fiscal year 2020 report continues to list threats from near-peer competitors and countering global terrorism as the top challenges facing the department, but troops and their families now rate as the department’s third of 10 priorities, and improving the supply chain ranks eighth.

On welfare and well-being, the IG report says the challenge facing managers comes in the quality and effectiveness of programs, including substance abuse programs, sexual assault prevention and response programs, suicide prevention programs, installations and housing, child care services and spousal employment.

As for the supply chain, the report says the challenge is complex. There a risk of “diminishing supplies and reliance on sole-source suppliers, repairing existing parts economically and efficiently, identifying and prosecuting fraudulent parts suppliers, expanding limited distribution networks and transportation capabilities, improving asset visibility and property accountability, and maintaining cybersecurity in the supply chain.”

The full 142-page report is available here.