Conquering Supply Chain Risks with Automated Data Analysis

The stakes are monumental: The nation is left vulnerable by any breach within the global supply chains for the microelectronic components our strategic weapon systems rely on. Historically, and too often, these supply chains have been put at risk because of inefficient assessment processes and overreliance on manual interventions, leaving dangerous vulnerabilities unidentified.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) has partnered with Resultant to bring exceptional risk illumination to microelectronics procurement within the U.S. Department of Defense in order to safeguard our sensitive and vital procurement networks.

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Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), located in Crane, Indiana is the third-largest naval station in the world. It's core mission is to provide state-of-the-art technology for the American military in three main areas: electronic warfare, strategic missions, and expeditionary warfare. The teams at Crane leverage advanced technology and methodologies to develop, test, deploy, and support a variety of products used by the U.S. Department of Defense across various military departments.

The Problem

One of the most rapidly growing threats to our national defense is the ability to secure the complex global supply chain of the microelectronic components integral to the nation’s defense systems. Due to technology’s rapid development and the evolution of the industry, microelectronic components are now primarily secured through global supply chains instead of through domestic manufacturing. This has significantly changed the risk exposure for the US military.

As the number of suppliers continued to grow and obfuscation between manufacturers, vendors, parts, and distributors continued to increase, NSWC Crane's role of proactive identification of risks along the logistics chain became harder and harder to accomplish utilizing the largely manual process they developed internally.

While effective, Crane’s process for risk identification was time-consuming and built for a time before the explosion of the use of globally sourced components.

"We are excited to roll out this technology to the field. The AMARO tool will allow us to quickly and thoroughly examine the supply chain of commercial microelectronics, as well as identify vulnerabilities and over-reliance in a more strategic manner.”

Adam Hauch

Supply Chain Awareness and Security, Technical Lead,   U.S. Department of Defense

"This is a capability that will directly lead to improving our supply chain awareness and security."

Adam Hauch

Supply Chain Awareness and Security, Technical Lead,   U.S. Department of Defense

The Solution

After high-level discussions about what a potential modern solution to the problem could look like, Resultant was asked to develop what became known as the AMARO solution. A program which aimed to bring advanced analytical capabilities to bear in order to help automate and enhance the risk illumination and assessment process, resulting in improved access to more timely and accurate supply chain risk information that enabled program managers to make more informed decisions around component usage and to better leverage the appropriate risk remediation capabilities at the disposal of the Department of Defense.

The solution includes automated data ingestion to drastically improve the efficiency of report generation; probabilistic record linkage to connect people, parts, companies, and regions across differentiated supply chains; machine learning techniques to formulate scores for key risk areas and predict future outcomes; and multi-level network mapping to clearly display and track the evolving relationships discovered through the automated - and ongoing - ingestion and analysis of thousands of structured and unstructured datasets.

The Outcome

AMARO ingests and analyzes thousands of structured and unstructured data points from within and outside the government to reveal critical nodes in design, production, and distribution when a part or company may be susceptible to malicious insertions, inferior substitutions, supply interruptions, or IP theft.

Through an intuitive web application, users can leverage strategic analytics in pursuit of answers to endless security questions, such as:

  • What parts are potentially impacted if the operations of specific sites are interrupted due to global events, such as the Coronavirus outbreak?
  • Can we look across thousands of BOMs to identify an over-reliance on specific suppliers or sites/locations?
  • Are there suppliers or supply chain sites that are owned or funded by a foreign government?
  • How can I track a threat or vulnerability through the supply chain to determine the impacted weapon systems?
  • Which parts in the DoD supply chain could be impacted if a trade war escalates with a foreign country?

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