Steve Geary is adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee's Haaslam College of Business and is a lecturer at The Gordon Institute at Tufts University. He is the President of the Supply Chain Visions family of companies, consultancies that work across the government sector. Steve is a contributing editor at DC Velocity, and editor-at-large for CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly.
Earl Boyanton, a good friend of mine, wrote this piece. He is also a retired Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Before that Earl served decades in uniform with the United States Air Force. Some say Earl is the finest logistician the Air Force ever produced.
While the military does pay considerable attention to suppliers one level away in the supply chain, the Department of Defense also takes a far more comprehensive approach through the National Stockpile.