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Ellen Lord on Defense Industrial Base’s Health, Need for Appropriations

Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, discussed the Department of Defense’s (DoD) efforts to track the status of the defense industrial base during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lord said the DLA and DCMA help track approximately 20,000 contractors that are working with the Pentagon.

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Ellen Lord Discusses Impact of COVID-19 on Federal Modernization

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DoD) and four-time Wash100 Award recipient, recently discussed how the defense department has shifted modernization efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. As an effect of the pandemic the DoD added more focus to aviation propulsion, where the department has a number of key suppliers who depend on commercial aviation. 

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Bruce Jette on U.S. Army’s Efforts to Address Supply Chain Gaps Amid COVID-19

Bruce Jette

Bruce Jette, the U.S. Army’s acquisition chief and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the service branch is looking at ways to ensure the resiliency of the supply chain amid crises like the COVID-19 pandemic. If you missed Thursday's event, check out Potomac Officers Club’s Event Archive to watch the 5th Annual 2020 Army ForumClick here to find all of POC’s recent events. 

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U.S. Navy Working to Expand Fleet to 355 Ships; RADM Tom Anderson Quoted

James Geurts

The U.S. Navy and Defense Secretary and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient Mark Esper have made recent efforts to expand the service branch’s fleet to at least 355 ships to keep pace with Chinese military modernization. However, the Navy has faced recent challenges to keep up with the capacity.

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Rep. Mike Gallagher: DoD Should Have Greater Visibility of Contractors’ Networks

Rep. Mike Gallagher

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) said the Department of Defense (DoD) should carry out threat hunting on defense contractors' private networks as part of efforts to build up national cybersecurity. Gallagher cited the need for DoD to have greater visibility of defense companies’ networks.

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Alan Shaffer on Pentagon’s Support to Defense Supply Chain During Pandemic

Alan Shaffer

Alan Shaffer, deputy undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DoD), said the Pentagon has made contract actions worth nearly $4.5 billion through the Defense Production Act Title III and other assistance programs to support the industrial base during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DoD to Use CARES Act Funds to Apply AI in COVID-19 Vaccine Testing

The Department of Defense (DoD) plans to use funds allocated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to develop artificial intelligence-based models to accelerate screening and testing of vaccines, antibody-based treatments and other drug candidates for COVID-19, Bloomberg Government reported Monday.

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