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Session Title:
Winning The War On Covid-19: Mitigating Supply Chain Risk

Moderator: Mark Heinrich, Rear Admiral, US Navy, Retired and Managing Partner, Oakleaf Software Inc.

Presenter: Rear Admiral John Polowcyk, Vice Director, J4, Joint Staff

Session description:
Adm. John Polowczyk is the leader of the Supply Chain pillar for the White House Coronavirus Task Force. He will provide details on and insights into the federal response to the pandemic. Polowczyk will discuss the efforts to expand the medical supply chain to include U.S. industrial-base expansion efforts, modernizing the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and perspective on federal decision-making processes.

Topics will include a discussion of resiliency, foreign dependence, and management of risk across the federal government and the commercial sector. Polowczyk’s key insights will be about the supply chain for personal protective equipment, but lessons learned will apply to other commodities and their supply chains during national emergencies.

By working with industry and harnessing data that was already available, the Supply Chain Task Force built an unprecedented commercial supply chain visibility tool for FEMA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to manage the pandemic. This supply chain control tower helped direct supplies to the hospitals and front line workers who needed it most.

And what should be the role of commercial data in any federal emergency response? Polowczyk will address this question too.

Key takeaways:
• How supply chain can leaders reduce risk on a national scale and participate in the government response to national emergencies.
• What preparedness may need to look like in a globally interconnected world.
• The role of data in the federal response to Covid-19 and its applicability to other commercial sectors.
• Insights into interdepartmental decision-making processes and coordination between FEMA, DoD, HHS, as well as regional, state, and local organizations.
• Whose supply chain risk is it?