Maj. Gen. Thomas Murphy: DoD Task Force Aims to Elevate Security’s Importance in Acquisition

Thomas Murphy
Thomas Murphy

Maj. Gen. Thomas Murphy, director of Protecting Critical Technology Task Force at the Department of Defense, told Breaking Defense in an interview published Monday about the task force’s efforts to come up with policies to implement security controls meant to protect technologies.

“It’s not my decision to say, ‘you can’t do business,’” Murphy said. “We’re trying to make policy changes. We’re trying to elevate the importance of security in the requirements and acquisitions processes. That’s what this is about.”

“Depending on the criticality of that output, whatever it is you’re buying, I don’t want to go so fast that we sacrifice security,” he said.

Murphy also talked about plans to implement new rules, such as vetting researchers getting DoD funding for “problematic foreign connections” and evaluating companies bidding for Pentagon contracts for security.

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