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Space Vs. the Supply Chain

We may be so busy protecting our data from cyber attacks that we are ignoring the most dangerous enemy of all—outer space itself! Marino Donati writes for Supply Management about the big black specter surrounding us from every angle. Major solar disturbances can disturb GPS signals, damage satellites, and potentially knock out the power grid, which is more than a little troubling for supply chains. Another threat is of our satellites colliding with debris or other satellites, which could throw off global communications and weather forecasting, among other things, in a big way. But yes, a report by Guy Carpenter that Donati references does mention some threats to the supply chain that are not quite all extraterrestrial in origin. Chief among them is flooding, caused by climate change and melting ice caps, which could stand to devastate major cities and surrounding areas by association. The takeaway here is that you need to make your supply chain ready for anything, whether the opponent is here on Earth or lurking out there in the void of space.

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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