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April 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is surging ahead with efforts to get third-party assessor organizations certified for work under the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, but the process of setting up a structure for companies to be assessed and approved has many unanswered questions, according to two large defense industry groups.

April 09, 2020 | Daily News

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 09, 2020 | Daily News

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 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon issued a final rule today implementing part of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which called for a preference for performance-based payments.

April 07, 2020 | Daily News

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 03, 2020 | Daily News

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 03, 2020 | Daily News

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 02, 2020 | Daily News

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 02, 2020 | Daily News

Two defense industry groups, citing the coronavirus outbreak, are pressing lawmakers to provide a six-month extension to the deadline for when federal contractors are banned from using Chinese telecommunications products like Huwaei and ZTE.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

The Space and Missile Systems Center on Friday revealed it has directed Raytheon, the prime contractor for the GPS Operational Control Segment, to replace the system's computer hardware -- a move that will add another 10 months to the program's schedule and cost the government an additional $378 million.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

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.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

The coronavirus relief legislation passed by the Senate this week would loosen restrictions on how the Defense Department can award larger other transaction agreements for prototypes related to COVID-19.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

An information technology company's adjustment to its claims about cybersecurity certification under an emerging Pentagon program reflects tensions in the marketplace, as the Defense Department aggressively pushes forward on landmark requirements and businesses strive to keep up in preparing for compliance and new clients.

March 27, 2020 | Daily News

The Justice Department said Thursday that United Technologies and Raytheon must divest Raytheon's military airborne radios business, UTC's military global positioning systems and UTC's large space-based optical systems businesses to move forward with the companies' planned merger.

March 25, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy's acquisition executive says he is pushing the service to accelerate upcoming contract awards in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

March 25, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's senior acquisition team has only just begun their first fully coordinated efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, and pledged today to move aggressively to prop up economically vulnerable defense contractors and field "demand signals" for medical supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

March 24, 2020 | Daily News

While the Army has canceled several training exercises in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the service is not currently expecting any contract awards to be affected, according to an official statement.

March 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy's acquisition executive is ordering contracting officers to take steps to increase cash flow to contractors and their supply chains in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a memo obtained by Inside Defense.

March 20, 2020 | Daily News

In a memo signed today, the Defense Department says it is immediately increasing progress payment rates to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

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