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Government Accountability Office overseeing ‘unprecedented’ use of Defense Production Act during Covid-19

Under the Defense Production Act (DPA), federal agencies can require companies to prioritize government contracts during a national emergency like the Covid-19 pandemic. However, there have been some challenges in using that authority, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. William Russell, director of contracting and national security acquisitions at GAO, said agencies have […]

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“Profound” acquisition method can be used across the board, Space Development Agency director says

The Space Development Agency (SDA) is called the Defense Department’s constructive disruptor for space acquisition, delivering space-based capabilities to the warfighter quickly. Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency at the Defense Department, said his organization uses the spiral development model, delivering “good enough” capabilities every two years, which is “profound” and can be […]

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Defense industry expert on defense acquisition spending trends

The Defense Department has seen a surge in spending over the last five years. That growth comes along with shifts in acquisition and strategic priorities for the Pentagon. Gregory Sanders, deputy director and fellow for the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said budget caps caused a low point in […]

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Recommendations for next confirmed under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment

The Pentagon’s Acquisition and Sustainment Office, known as A&S, has not had an under secretary to lead it since January. A&S makes it possible for cutting-edge warfighting capabilities to be delivered to troops, which is a challenge without a confirmed under secretary. Jeffrey Bialos, partner at Eversheds Sutherland and former deputy under secretary of defense […]

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Biden’s small business federal contracting goal “doable” but difficult, former acquisition leader says

The General Services Administration (GSA) wants to boost small business opportunities in government by showcasing ways for those companies to engage in the federal market. GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan says GSA is “setting the bar” by incorporating the White House’s diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility goals into all of the agency’s work. Jim Williams, partner […]

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Director at Air Force Sustainment Center employs two key strategies to ensure supply chain resiliency

As the United States deals with the Covid-19 pandemic, supply shortages and rising tensions with China, the Air Force has to manage risks to its supply chain, essentially comprised of everything the Department needs to maintain its weapons systems. Stephen Gray, director of the 448th Supply Chain Management Wing at the Air Force Sustainment Center, […]

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Agency’s work to stop imports made with forced labor is having a global impact

Forced labor is considered modern-day slavery and affects about 25 million people around the globe. One team at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working to stop goods made in those conditions from entering the American market. Ana Hinojosa, executive director of the Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate at CBP, and Eric Choy, deputy executive […]

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