The Supply Chain Mapping Survey is NOW AVAILABLE!!!!

With 75% of business professionals reporting a lack of visibility into their supply chains, NC DIDI has coordinated the development of a comprehensive survey of North Carolina defense contractors. The purpose of this survey is to gather insights that will help us to better understand the unique challenges facing our defense companies as well as how we can identify new opportunities for them to grow, diversify, and enter new markets.

The goal of the supply chain mapping survey is to provide NCDIDI with actionable information about how North Carolina can reduce the impact of decreased defense industry spending on its businesses, workers and communities.


Defense manufacturing involves complex supply chains that link prime contractors with dozens, if not hundreds of suppliers and subcontractors. Supply chain maps can help community leaders in a number of ways.

The supply chain maps:

  • Help identify suppliers and other sectors at risk in the event of a local company or plant closure;

  • Can identify potential new markets for these at-risk firms;

  • May identify local gaps in the supply chain where an OEM is using overseas suppliers and can help support reshoring efforts as well; and

  • Help point state, local and regional policy makers identify which existing assets can be aligned to respond to supply chain issues.

Supply chain mapping is a complex analytical exercise that usually calls for consulting or academic expertise. These efforts should include mapping analysis used to drive program and project design. This data can be used to target technical assistance for local SMEs or to help EDOs understand gaps in local supply chains.

Upon completion of the Supply Chain Mapping Study, NCDIDI will review the data to:

  • Identify the scope and nature of all DoD economic activity in North Carolina  relating to contract awards;

  • Quantify the vulnerability of DoD activities in relation to potential changes in DoD spending, from program reductions, issues with the procurement process, reconfigurations, or expansions; and

  • Populate a data bank to facilitate continued economic impact analysis of DoD budgetary changes.