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AFVentures Reports $710M in Contracts Awarded Via Open Topic Program; Maj. Jason Rathje Quoted

Maj. Jason Rathje

The Department of the Air Force’s commercial investment group AFVentures has issued its annual report for fiscal year 2020 stating that it has awarded $710 million in contracts to over 1,400 small businesses using the Open Topic program since its formation in 2018. Maj. Jason Rathje, director of AFVentures, said the report seeks to reflect the program’s return on investment for the Air Force and Space Force.

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Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble: Army Funneling $800M for Organic Industrial Base Modernization

Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble

Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy chief of staff, G-4, at the U.S. Army, said the service branch is investing $800 million to update its arsenals, ammunition plants and depots. He noted that the service has executed workforce rejuvenation efforts and is looking into establishing a nitric acid complex within the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Tennessee. 

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SPA Designated a RPO with CMMC-AB; William Vantine Quoted

Dr. William Vantine

Systems Planning and Analysis (SPA) has been designated a Registered Provider Organization (RPO) with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB). “SPA’s Registered Practitioners prepared SPA for a successful CMMC assessment, and we are now certified and ready to assist industry partners in this important security effort,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA president and CEO. 

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Farooq Mitha Sworn In as Small Business Programs Director at DOD Industrial Policy Office

Farooq Mitha

Farooq Mitha, president and CEO of Imbue Group, has taken oath as director of small business programs at the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, the Department of Defense (DOD) said Monday. Prior to DOD, Mitha served as a partner at law firm Geller Mitha.

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DOD Spending on OTAs Continues to Ramp Up; Robert Levinson, Rhys McCormick Quoted

Pentagon

A National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) report on the defense industrial base’s health shows that the Department of Defense’s (DOD) use of other transaction authority (OTA) agreements to encourage non-traditional vendors to work with the Pentagon has surged in recent years. Analysts at Bloomberg Government said use of OTAs continued to rise in fiscal year 2020.

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Report Proposes Strategy to Strengthen U.S. Defense Industrial Base

Defense Industrial Base

The Department of Defense (DoD) released on Thursday a report recommending a strategy to achieve a secure, innovative and resilient defense industrial base. The report cited the Pentagon’s move to issue an interim rule to implement the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework as a key development in the previous fiscal year.

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Commerce Adds 59 Chinese Institutions to Entity List; Wilbur Ross Quoted

Wilbur Ross

The Department of Commerce (DOC) has added 59 Chinese entities to its export control entity list for activities that threaten the country’s national security and foreign policy interests. Commerce is also adding to the list 25 research institutes related to the China State Shipbuilding that have contributed to China’s militarization of the South China Sea. 

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NSA Releases Cybersecurity Advisory on Russian-Backed Threat Actors Exploiting VMware Tools

Cybersecurity

The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued a warning on Russian-backed hackers that utilize a vulnerability in various VMware products to breach protected data housed in affected systems. NSA said on Monday that the cyber threat affects VMware’s Identity Manager, Identity Manager Connector, Access Connector and Workspace One Access tools.

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Ellen Lord on Defense Acquisition System Directive

Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said the DoD Directive 5000.01 The Defense Acquisition System supports the National Defense Strategy and the six goals within the A&S office’s mission. David Norquist signed the directive outlining the principles governing DoD’s acquisition process in support of the National Defense Strategy in Sept. 2020. 

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Hon. Ellen Lord: US Should Boost Collaboration With Allies to Address ‘Adversarial Capital’

Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said “adversarial capital” continues to pose a threat to the defense industrial base (DIB) and the U.S. government should strengthen collaboration with industry groups and allied countries to avoid investments from foreign adversaries. She noted that coordinating with other countries is vital. 

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