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April 9, 2020

The long-anticipated merger between Raytheon and United Technologies closed last week, concluding just as the coronavirus outbreak began to take a major toll on the U.S. economy.

April 9, 2020

The Pentagon is allowing individual agencies and contracting offices to approve expensive other transaction agreements without seeking higher level approval if the projects are related to the coronavirus response.

April 9, 2020

The Defense Department this week laid out the framework for implementing recent legislation meant to help pay contractors unable to work during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 9, 2020

Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today the Pentagon is going to "streamline" its internal budget review process to allow more employees to telework during the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 7, 2020

The Defense Department wants to shift more than 4 million employees to a new teleworking service based on Microsoft Teams, as federal employees increasingly work from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

April 7, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he is working to include measures that would help the U.S. defense industrial base in an upcoming COVID-19 stimulus bill being crafted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

April 7, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee's move to paper hearings has slowed efforts to fold Cyberspace Solarium Commission recommendations into the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill, as the Senate panel's leaders want to hear directly from members of the high-profile advisory panel in person, according to a committee staffer.

April 7, 2020

The Air Force Research Laboratory is making changes to existing contracts to maximize teleworking and ensure mission-essential personnel can continue their operations during the COVID-19 national emergency.

April 7, 2020

The Defense Department is setting an aggressive schedule to get up to 1,500 contractors certified under the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program by the end of this year, but the timing could shift on expected deliverables amid the response to the COVID-19 health crisis, according to public statements and remarks by sources.

April 6, 2020

The novel coronavirus global pandemic that is currently spreading around the world will lead to an eventual reordering of U.S. national priorities that squeezes defense spending and accelerates efforts to draw down U.S. overseas deployments, according to a defense and foreign policy expert.

April 3, 2020

The Pentagon said today a new payment policy aimed at helping defense contractors weather the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to provide industry with $3 billion in cash flow.

April 3, 2020

The Army's acquisition executive and modernization chief are evaluating daily the potential impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on the service's major programs and the contractors supporting them. They say while certain events have been paused or rescheduled, they are not yet expecting any significant schedule changes.

April 2, 2020

The Defense Department's top official in Silicon Valley wants to ensure struggling technology startups will qualify for emergency small business loans, as he worries companies could instead turn to Chinese and Russian investors.

April 2, 2020

House Armed Services Committee leaders say they hope to have the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill ready by May 1, though the COVID-19 outbreak means the legislation will be crafted in a much different and more "informal" way than in the past.

April 2, 2020

Navy acquisition executive Hondo Geurts says he anticipates a "major effort" this summer to correct for programmatic and contractual issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

April 2, 2020

Defense Department acquisition officials have issued new guidance to allow "maximum flexibility" to award emergency contracts for commercial products and services in preparation for a "significant number of new awards" to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a pair of new Pentagon memos.

April 2, 2020

A memo signed yesterday by a top Defense Department acquisition official says DOD agencies and the services should act to ensure the defense industrial base remains healthy despite the coronavirus outbreak.

March 30, 2020

The Pentagon has taken on a key role aiding civilian agencies working to shore up key medical supply shortfalls amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, but it's unclear whether the timing of those actions will move fast enough to help mitigate the rapidly spreading virus in the coming weeks.

March 30, 2020

The Skyborg vanguard program is ready to move beyond experimentation and release a solicitation to industry, according to the Air Force's acquisition executive.

March 27, 2020

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper said today the service has stood up a COVID-19 acquisition task force to support industry and address concerns with program execution.

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