Liquid oxygen shortage squeezes SpaceX launch plans

A widespread shortage of liquid oxygen linked to the latest wave of the pandemic could affect SpaceX’s launch schedule, a company executive said Aug. 24.

Speaking on a panel at the 36th Space Symposium here, Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, cited difficulties in securing supplies of liquid oxygen as one of its biggest supply chain concerns.

“We’re actually going to be impacted this year with the lack of liquid oxygen for launch,” she said. “We certainly are going to make sure the hospitals are going to have the oxygen that they need, but for anybody who has liquid oxygen to spare, send me an email.”

Liquid oxygen is one of the most commonly used propellants in launch vehicles. It serves as an oxidizer in combination with fuels such as liquid hydrogen, kerosene and methane.

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Supply Chain Impact Modelling – Simulation and Machine Learning approach

An epidemic outbreak can cause huge impact not only on human lives alone but also on other sectors relying on it. Supply chain operations are also largely affected from these outbreaks. From the recent epidemic outbreak, severe disruptions affecting both the supply and demand of supply chains were observed. Supply chains being optimized for maximum profits, reduced inventories were less immune to epidemic outbreaks. As a result these firms were left with huge losses during the recent outbreak. This has forced executives to adopt resilience factors to their supply chains. Thus for redesign of supply chains, executives required clear knowledge of how impacts were going to affect their firms. In this paper, simulation modelling for impact analysis of supply chains during an epidemic outbreak is illustrated. This provided a detailed quantitative overview of the impact for executives. Also simulation results were further processed to generate datasets suitable for developing decision support tools using various machine learning algorithms.

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Managing Through Disruption: The Importance of Risk Management for Supply Chains

Over the last decade, we have witnessed many types of unpredictable disasters, including terrorist attacks, wars, earthquakes, economic crises, devaluation of currencies, SARS, tsunamis, cyber-attacks, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s global economy has made the world more interconnected than ever, and with the increasing trend to source globally, the COVID-19 virus has demonstrated the extensive impact that supply chain disruptions can have on a business. This has led to an increased need for global insurance coverage as one of the means to protect against supply chain disruptions – specifically, business interruption (BI) and contingent business interruption (CBI) coverage.

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Interos – Corporates Urged To Take An Introspective Look At Supply Chain Risk

From the coronavirus crisis to REvil ransomware attacks to the Suez Canal blockage, the volume of supply chain disruptions continues to grow, and businesses have their hands full with mitigating risk on multiple fronts. Jennifer Bisceglie, founder and CEO of Interos, said the damaging results of these events tendt o share one thing: “It’s a perfect storm coming together of physical, digital, human and natural disasters and mistakes,” Bisceglie told PYMNTS in a recent interview. “The common denominator for all of this is the utter lack of visibility. “As organizations prioritize supply chain risk mitigation and supplier management, firms are taking a more strategic look at how to minimize disruption. But there are some missteps that companies continue to make, Bisceglie noted, and as companies begin to hold their suppliers more accountable for their supply chain stability, they must also hold themselves to those high standards too, she said.

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Defense Cybersecurity: Defense Logistics Agency Needs to Address Risk Management Deficiencies in Inventory Systems

A Department of Defense task force concluded in 2018 that DOD’s inventory management systems were potentially vulnerable to attack. These systems, run by the Defense Logistics Agency, are used to manage the defense supply chain. They reviewed efforts to reduce the risks in 6 inventory management systems. The agency has taken some prescribed risk management actions but could do more. For example, they found 69% of its plans to fix identified security weaknesses were not carried out on time. They made 5 recommendations to improve the cybersecurity of these systems.

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Alerts, Warnings, Advice, Resolutions, and Experience (AWARE)

Alerts, Warnings, Advice, Resolutions, and Experience (AWARE) is a repository that facilitates information exchange on technical issues and threats to space enterprise acquisitions and operations. Operational since 2010, the capability includes data and analysis on cyber, supply chain, parts and materials, and counterspace threats sourced from a variety of government and industry organizations. AWARE has a Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) repository for SCRM Analysis that contains corporate threat assessments, hardware/software vulnerability assessments, and other critical information.

After review by FFRDC Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), alerts that have a high chance of affecting Space Enterprise operations are entered into AWARE and are distributed to the specific SMEs or mission areas that may be affected.

AWARE has three versions operating at the unclassified, secret and top-secret levels.

For more on AWARE, reach out to: Brad Wong.

Managing the Future State of Supply Chain Risk

Threats from adversaries and natural disasters can disrupt supply chains, challenging organizations to respond effectively. To get ahead of a constantly shifting threat environment, how can organizations mature institutional collaboration to better manage the future state of supply chain risk?

The Aerospace Corporation’s Supply Chain situational awareness tool leverages decades of industrial base data and visualization techniques to deliver pertinent information concisely and efficiently for better decision making in advance of – and during – an incident.

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) enables trust in U.S. Government acquisitions.

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The Importance of Supply Chain Risk Management in Government

The recent massive cyberattack against government agencies and the private sector, suspected to emanate from Russia, has made the federal IT supply chain a front-and-center concern. In that incident, malware embedded in a software update of a technology product enabled hackers to roam undetected on customers’ networks, including federal systems, for at least nine months.

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