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Ellen Lord: Foreign Military Sales Program Essential to DoD’s Intl Partnerships

Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition,technology and logistics, has said the Defense Department‘s foreign military sales program serves as a means for DoD to help build capacities and capabilities of U.S. partner nations, Reuters reported Thursday. “It’s a real tool for us in terms of international relations,” Lord told reporters. The former Textron …

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Ellen Lord Wants DoD to Move Majority of Major Acquisition Programs to Service Branches

Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, has said she plans to move the “bulk” of major defense acquisition programs and personnel associated with MDAPs back to the three service branches, Defense News reported Wednesday. “Congress has been very, very clear in the last few [National Defense Authorization Acts] that …

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Ellen Lord: Pace of US Int’l Weapon, Drone Sales Hits Defense Industry

Textron Systems CEO Ellen Lord says the government’s process for sales of weapons and unmanned systems to international customers is affecting business for U.S. defense companies amid declining Pentagon sales, Defense One reported Thursday. Marcus Weisgerber writes that Lord believes the foreign military sales program’s pace and process present an advantage to companies in Europe, Russia and …

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Pentagon Holds Workshop for Early Career Procurement Workforce

Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, administered a workshop to determine the status and opportunities of the Department of Defense's procurement workforce. The workshop took place at the Pentagon and revolved around a variety of related topics including talent mobility, attraction and retention and work-life balance, DoD said Monday.

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Air Force to Issue New Contract to Expand F-35 Fleet

Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, announced the Air Force plans to award a new contract in June or July to procure additional F-35 fighter jets, Breaking Defense reported Friday. The service would enter into a Lot 12 deal to buy F-35A aircraft worth $89 million each. But Lord noted the price may go down for the next Low Rate of Initial Production lot.

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DoD Takes New Look on How to Secure Defense Industrial Base

Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and Wash100 Award winner, announced new efforts to improve how the Pentagon will identify the companies at risk of cyber attacks, USNI News reported Friday. “So what I’ve mandated is, this year we will come up with a National Cybersecurity Standard with metrics, and we will develop third-party independent auditors who can go and audit against those cybersecurity standards,” she said at a recent U.S. Naval Institute meeting.

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Report: Air Force Eyes March 29 Release of Final Launch Service Procurement Solicitation

An Air Force official said service leaders and Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, are scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the details of the final request for proposals for the Launch Service Procurement program, SpaceNews reported Saturday. The report said the service issued draft RFPs in December and February with plans to release the final solicitation on Friday, March 29, for the LSP program.

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