25 Jan 2024
by Steve Burgess

Bolstering global supply chains: Enhancing resilience, digital logistics, and national security harmony

Guest blog by Steve Burgess, Digital and Analytics Lead – Defence and National Security at SAS Software Limited #NatSec2024


The vulnerability of global supply chains has become a matter of public concern, particularly in the aftermath of unpredictable geopolitical events like the recent global pandemic. These disruptions not only impact the availability of goods but also have far-reaching consequences on costs. In this blog post, we delve into the critical role of digital logistics, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) in fortifying supply chain resilience. Additionally, we'll explore how these advancements contribute to national security by mitigating risks and ensuring the reliability of critical supply chains.

The Fragility of Supply Chains and National Security:

The exposure of supply chain vulnerabilities has prompted a broader discussion, transcending the confines of corporate boardrooms. The impact of these disruptions extends beyond economic considerations to touch on national security concerns. A resilient supply chain is not only crucial for business continuity but also plays a pivotal role in ensuring the stability and security of nations.

Digital Logistics: A Strategic Imperative for Resilience:

Digital logistics emerges as a strategic imperative in fortifying supply chains against uncertainties. Beyond conventional data management, it integrates a spectrum of external data sources, providing a comprehensive view of potential disruptions, from weather patterns to geopolitical shifts. The application of advanced data analytics and AI in digital logistics empowers decision-makers with the tools to identify vulnerabilities and respond effectively in real-time.

Digital Logistics, AI, and IoT:

Digital logistics, when coupled with AI and IoT, presents a compelling solution to enhance supply chain resilience. AI and IoT draw insights from vast data points generated by connected devices, offering real-time synthesis of trends and patterns. This integration, now operational in leading supply chain organisations, not only improves efficiency but also contributes significantly to national security by ensuring the reliability of critical supply chains.

Building Resilience with National Security in Mind: Key Strategies

Live Data Streaming and National Security:

Use IoT devices for live data streaming, providing up-to-the-minute information on inventory levels, production status, and transportation conditions.

National security impact: Enhances situational awareness, allowing rapid response to potential disruptions that may have security implications.

Decisioning and Scenario Analysis:

Combine advanced algorithms and machine learning for real-time decisions and conduct scenario analysis to identify vulnerabilities.

National security impact: Enables proactive identification of risks, aiding in the development of contingency plans for critical supply chains.

Real-time Asset Tracking and National Security Transparency:

Implement RFID, GPS, or sensor-based technologies for continuous, real-time tracking of critical assets.

National security impact: Improves transparency, allowing governments to monitor and secure the movement of strategic resources.

Edge Analytics and Responsiveness

Integrate Edge computing devices for immediate analytics at key points in the supply chain.

National security impact: Enhances responsiveness by processing critical data locally, reducing dependence on centralised systems susceptible to cyber threats.

Smart Sensors for Environmental Monitoring and Goods Integrity:

Deploy smart sensors for real-time monitoring of environmental conditions during transportation.

National security impact: Ensures the integrity of sensitive goods in transit, crucial for national security assets like pharmaceuticals or perishable foods.

Predictive Maintenance with National Security Efficiency:

Execute predictive maintenance using insights from Edge analytics.

National security impact: Enhances productivity and efficiency by identifying potential disruptions before they impact critical infrastructure.

Customisable Thresholds and Alerts for Timely Actions:

Implement customisable thresholds for immediate notification of deviations.

National security impact: Facilitates timely corrective actions for critical supply chains, reducing the risk of security breaches.


The convergence of digital logistics, AI, and IoT not only strengthens global supply chains but also contributes significantly to national security. By adopting these technologies and focusing on real-time monitoring, scenario analysis, transparency, and predictive maintenance, businesses can build resilient supply chains capable of navigating the complexities of the modern world. This, in turn, ensures the reliability of critical supply chains, safeguarding national security interests.

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Steve Burgess

Steve Burgess

Digital and Analytics Lead – Defence and National Security, SAS Software Limited