Accession Number:



Can We Defend the Defense Supply Chain? Lessons Learned from Industry Leaders in Supply Chain Management

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

Corporate Author:

Naval Postgraduate School

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:


Pagination or Media Count:



To protect the defense supply chain from counterfeit electronic parts, this thesis suggests that the Department of Defense DOD should adopt supply chain management methodologies used by Apple and the United Kingdoms Ministry of Defence MoD. The paper explains how the 2011 Senate Armed Services Committee investigation exposed the problem of counterfeit components throughout the defense supply chain and describes the DODs subsequent measures to address the issue, which have proven ineffective at best. The author uses two case studies and comparative analysis to identify and examine the practices Apple and the MoD use to protect their supply chains, some of which have become industry standards. The two case studies also highlight the disparities between the industry-recognized best practices in supply chain management and current DOD practices. Based on analysis of the case studies, the thesis provides a number of policy recommendations that the DOD could employ as part of its strategic effort to improve and protect the defense supply chain from counterfeit components.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Administration and Management

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]