In a surprising move, ESIC has closed its investigations into CS:GO stream sniping practices despite widespread use. The integrity coalition has announced stricter norms for the future to prevent incidents of stream sniping.
Reading Time: 8minutes Following up on my previous post on Lemonade (where I outlined the bull case for the company), in this post I will do the opposite. I’ll discuss the bear case and play devil’s advocate to some of the bull arguments. Readers can then make up their minds on whether this company is a worthy addition …
Reading Time: 6minutes It’s been about 100 days since Lemonade went IPO to much fanfare (and was actually the topic of my very first post ). It IPO’ed at $29 per share and rocketed up to a high of $96.51 per share on the back of strong investor demand. It has since followed a familiar pattern of retracing …
100 Thieves has chosen to release their CS:GO esports roster, citing poor results by the team and increased uncertainty in the esports structure — especially during the COVID pandemic — in a Twitter announcement
Introduction In June 2020, CAAC drew an annual portrait of China’s aviation industry, through its annual Aviation Industry Report, covering commercial, cargo, and general aviation. In this blog post, we’ll focus essentially on commercial passenger transportation. While published in 2020, this report is based on figures of 2019, thus drawing a very different and positive picture of an industry that has recently suffered dearly during …
The transition from hospital-based care to home-based care has been going on for some time. The COVID-19 pandemic has sped that movement up considerably. As we continue to deal with the pandemic, medical products for home-based care will be increasingly needed. In addition to products and devices aimed specifically at COVID, solutions to enhance the [...]
As I am sure every supply chain professional and logistician is doing now, I am spending quite a bit of time thinking about the overall supply chain in the United States and wondering if it is truly set up to service the Country in a time of national emergency. We heard the Governor of NY today in his press conference say that the states are basically bidding against each other to get needed (and scarce) health care supplies. Rather than going where they are most needed they appear to be going to the highest bidder.
We have also heard the President tell the states this is substantially a state problem and the feds are there to help and backstop. Finally, we are hearing about the shear lack of ventilators and hospital beds when (just a few weeks ago it was "should") a pandemic hit the United States. All of this makes me wonder if this is truly the best way to deal with a national emergency.
By now many of you have also seen the incredible Ted talk Bill Gates gave back in 2015 where he essentially predicted this COVID-19 outbreak. While not predicting this one in particular, Mr. Gates did say something like this would happen. I highly encourage you to watch this:
Here are some key points from the talk (March of 2015):
The next big crisis will be from "microbes" not "missiles".
We have insulated ourselves from huge war catastrophes (i.e. a nuclear war or another world war) because we have spent a trillion dollars plus on national defense and the infrastructure required to defend the United States.
We have a military which can scale up dramatically in a short time to fight or deter a war.
We should model our fight against microbes after the structure of the military. You have a permanent "active" force and you have a large "reserve" force which can be called up and which actively practices, trains. and stays functional.
When I saw him say this I was absolutely floored. When I was in the Army in Germany we used to practice going to our "General Defensive Position (GDP)" and we would periodically go visit the warehouses set up all over Europe with stockpiles of tanks, trucks etc. We would start them up, move them, practice deploying them etc. and we would do that in conjunction with our reserve forces. We called it "REFORGER" which stood for "Return of Forces to Germany". It was all a preparation for scaling up the military in Germany to over 1 million soldiers if the war started. Similiar exercises were done in Korea and other places.
So, the question I am thinking about now is if it is time to have a "Reserve Supply Chain Force"? This would be something you would sign up for just like the military reserves. You would have a role / rank, you would go and practice once a month on the weekend, you would do a 2 week summer training and you would be available to be called up if the government activated the reserves. We would have needs for coordination with civilian industry, you would run a huge reserve of trucks, trailers and drivers and you would work for a leader of this organization.
If your civilian job was in an "Essential industry or company" you may get activated but stay embedded in that company to coordinate all the work.
There are a lot of details to work out but perhaps we need this force that can work in the complex civilian world of supply chain and tie it to the needs of a pandemic so we can scale up the supply chain and distribution / logistics network very quickly. What would this accomplish:
It would allow us to scale up almost instantaneously. Get the expertise in place, get the trucks / trailers along with drivers and immediately establish the infrastructure for leadership.
It would prioritize the loading of the nation's supply chain after huge "air in the pipe" is created (Think the run on TP). This could be done in conjunction with FEMA.
It would allow us to train so we are ready right away. By being trained we don't take months to just figure out "how things work".
Finally, it would establish a professional "corps" which is qualified, ready and willing to get called up as needed.
In the end, we have the model on how to build an infrastructure to fight a huge event which comes up on us like a black swan. The model is the military and the reserves. We should follow it. Perhaps CSCMP can help with this and build out the model.
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