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Overcoming the Flaws in the U.S. Government Efforts to Improve Container, Cargo, and Supply Chain Security

Topics: Supply Chain,

This testimony of Stephen Flynn, director of the Global Resilience Institute, before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, discusses the challenges and opportunities of container and supply chain security. Flynn discusses the necessity for investment in port security, as he argues the most probable avenue for a nuclear attack on the United States would be launched via smuggling a weapon, or the materials to make one, into the country via the maritime supply chain. He also discusses an explosion that took place on the large container ship M/V HYUNDAI FORTUNE to point out the holes of an "honor system" when it comes to enforcing safety and security regulations. Flynn concludes by examining the potential, and catastrophic, effects of a nuclear attack via the global supply chain, and offers some suggestion for how the Department of Homeland Security should move forward.

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