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September 22, 2020

The Navy has spent $300 million in Defense Production Act funding over the past three months to strengthen its supply chains, according to the service's acquisition executive.

September 21, 2020

The House has filed a stopgap continuing resolution that would extend the period by which contractors can be reimbursed for remaining in a "ready state" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 15, 2020

Despite slowdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Navy has reduced maintenance delays this year, service officials said Tuesday.

September 14, 2020

The Pentagon is being pressed by a congressional watchdog to explain its role in recommending to the Treasury Department companies to receive loans from a $17 billion COVID-19 rescue fund.

September 9, 2020

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today it may take up to six months to reimburse defense contractors seeking reimbursement for hardships and inefficiencies experienced during the COVD-19 pandemic, but she reiterated that Congress has yet to appropriate any money for the cause.

August 31, 2020

AFWERX is considering launching more programs in dual-use technology sectors while also eyeing export options for its inaugural Agility Prime effort that's pushing to bring electric vertical takeoff and landing providers to market amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 25, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency is delaying until the end of this year a marquee test, slated for fiscal year 2020, pitting a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA against an intercontinental ballistic missile target to validate a new homeland defense architecture that would add a new "underlayer" to work in tandem with the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.

August 24, 2020

The Marine Corps has delayed by two months the full-rate production decision for its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

August 20, 2020

Defense Department acquisition chief Ellen Lord today defended the Pentagon's request that Congress provide about $11 billion in emergency supplemental funding to mitigate the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on defense contractors and weapons programs.

August 13, 2020

The Air Force's B-21 bomber development saw some supply chain disruption this summer when a major subcontractor, Spirit AeroSystems, announced production delays due to COVID-19, but program manager Randall Walden said today the team has adapted to the challenge and is "on the right path, to date."

August 13, 2020

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the Defense Department is working on a plan that could allow it to reimburse contractors experiencing pandemic-related hardships and inefficiencies with lump sums, rather than negotiate many smaller settlements.

August 12, 2020

The Navy's acquisition executive said today the service is not "out of the woods" in terms of a shipyard being shut down as a result of the coronavirus.

August 6, 2020

The Pentagon is telling Congress it needs $11 billion in emergency supplemental funding to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across its acquisition portfolio and the U.S. defense industrial base, according to a new document obtained by Inside Defense outlining expected delays to specific programs.

August 5, 2020

Sikorsky will deliver the first production lot of HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopters one month later than expected next year because of issues created by the coronavirus pandemic, according to an Air Force spokesman.

July 30, 2020

Several defense contractors this week said sales rose during the most recent quarter, despite the ongoing pandemic.

July 29, 2020

General Dynamics reported a $40 million charge in a program at its information technology business in its most recent quarter because the company is unable to get its employees to the European worksite, according to its chief executive.

July 28, 2020

A new report on the state of the space industrial base released today highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on space companies, and urges the Defense Department to take advantage of "offensive and defensive economic tools" to support technology development that will be key to a healthy industry base today and in the future.

July 28, 2020

Senate Republicans have released their proposal for a fourth round of COVID-19 legislation that includes $11 billion for defense contractor reimbursements, as well as billions more for the Defense Department to purchase new weapon systems.

July 10, 2020

House appropriators are criticizing the Defense Department for spending most of its COVID-19 relief funds propping up weapon systems manufacturers, rather than bolstering the U.S. supply of personal protective equipment.

July 9, 2020

In a new letter sent to the Pentagon this week, eight of the largest defense contractors say they are preparing their estimated costs related to COVID-19 relief legislation and warn the Pentagon will need additional funding to cover these expenses.

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