This chapter defines Emergency Supply Chains by initially describing them in two domains: supply chains supporting military expeditions and those supporting disaster relief organizations. Both domains are briefly described here; each is described in more detail in Chapters 3 and 4. This chapter focuses mainly on discussing the friction, variance, and other factors that contribute to the complexity common to both domains. In doing so, this chapter seeks to answer the following leading questions:
What are “emergency supply chains”? How do they differ from commercial supply chains?
What are the components of the emergency supply chain framework?
How are these components, ...