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Gen. Paul Nakasone: NSA Cyber Directorate Sets Sights on Defense Industrial Base Security

Gen. Paul Nakasone, director of the National Security Agency and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said one of the first tasks of the new cybersecurity directorate at NSA is to help ensure the security of the defense industrial base and weapons systems amid the increasing threats facing critical infrastructure, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday.

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Katie Arrington: Pentagon’s Cyber Certification Model Specifically Designed for Small Businesses

Katie Arrington, special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition for cyber, said the Department of Defense’s new cybersecurity certification model seeks to help small businesses comply with cyber controls through a tiered rating system depending on the platforms they are asked to protect, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday.

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Pentagon Report Uncovers Risks in Defense Industrial Base

A Department of Defense report says the number of weapons and ammunition suppliers has dropped despite DoD’s increased spending on such equipment since 2016, Defense News reported Thursday. “Even in the defense services market, which is traditionally considered to have lower barriers to entry, supplier counts are shrinking,” according to DoD’s Industrial Capabilities report released in May.

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Air Force Eyes ‘Digital Engineering’ to Help Industry Create More Jobs

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said digital engineering could help the service and the Department of Defense address the challenges facing contractors in rapid defense procurement initiatives, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. “Through increased computing speed, storage capacity and processing capabilities, digital engineering has empowered a paradigm shift from the traditional design-build-test methodology,” he said at a recent conference hosted by the Air Force Association in Arlington, Va.

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Dana Deasy Talks DoD’s Cloud, Cyber, AI Strategies at House Hearing

Dana Deasy, chief information officer for the Department of Defense, testified before the House Armed Services Committee’s intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities subpanel on the Pentagon’s ongoing digital modernization efforts, the DoD website reported Tuesday.“DOD will remain a multicloud environment, with both general-purpose and fit-for-purpose clouds as part of our long-term strategy,” Deasy said on Tuesday. 

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Jeffery Green: Congressional Members Should Back Defense Industrial Base Through Bipartisan Cooperation

Jeffery Green, president of Washington, D.C.-based government relations firm J.A. Green & Co., has said lawmakers should advance bipartisan cooperation to support the defense industrial base. Green wrote in a Defense News commentary published Friday about the non-security benefits of the Defense Production Act of 1950 and other industrial base initiatives.
 

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Eric Chewning: DoD Could Remediate ‘About a Third’ of Supply Chain Risks Within a Year

Eric Chewning, deputy assistant secretary for industrial policy at the Defense Department, has said he projects that DoD could address about 33 percent of the identified supply chain gaps within a year and deal with another third in the next few years, Defense News reported Friday. DoD issued in October a White House-commissioned study that found approximately 300 risks in the U.S. defense industrial base.

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Ellen Lord: DoD to Audit Supply Chains of Defense, Aerospace Companies

The Defense Department will conduct an audit of the U.S. aerospace and defense sector’s supply chains after DoD released a White House-commissioned study of the defense industrial base, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, said U.S. intelligence agencies will take part in the review to assess the local defense supply chains' readiness to support warfighters.

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Report: Pentagon-Led Study Looks at US Military’s Dependence on Foreign Imports

A Defense Department-led study has found that the U.S. military has become too reliant on China and other foreign countries for microelectronics and other items, Reuters reported Wednesday. Some U.S. officials told the news agency those microelectronics include transistors and integrated circuits that can be found in mobile devices, drones, cruise missiles and satellites.

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