Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, discussed in an interview posted Monday on Defense News about the Department of Defense’s (DoD) efforts to track the status of the defense industrial base during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“And going back over the last six months, we did have hundreds of companies shut down, but now we’re down to only about 30. So that’s very, very good news,” she said during an interview at the Defense News Conference.
“We monitor them on a daily basis; we look at on-time deliveries, deliveries missed and, most importantly, we listen to what the issues are, really leveraging the industry associations to do a lot of listening,” Lord added.
She talked about DoD’s use of “data-driven” approach in monitoring development programs, the need for appropriations to maintain warfighter readiness and advance modernization and the department’s ongoing talks with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to extend a waiver that would provide contractors more time to comply with a new rule that seeks to remove certain Chinese telecommunications equipment from the supply chain.
Lord also commented on mergers and acquisitions in the defense sector and her team’s efforts to keep small businesses going during the pandemic.
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