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Air Force Releases FY 2019/2020 Acquisition Management Report; Darlene Costello Quoted

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A new biennial report from the Department of the Air Force states that the department has made progress in its procurement management through the use of commercial ventures and digital acquisition strategies. The Air Force detailed in the fiscal year 2019/2020 Acquisition Biennial Report how it quickened the pace of delivering technologies to warfighters through rapid acquisition authorities and mid-tier acquisition procedures, the service branch said Friday.

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Will Roper: Prime Contractors Acquiring Smaller Companies Limit Industrial Base

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Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and three-time Wash100 Award recipient, said prime contractors' acquisition of middle-tier companies has shrunk the industrial base. The Department of Defense (DoD) now sees the industrial base as more generalized than specialized, as major contractors secure awards for almost every program.

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Maj. Gen. Kimberly Crider: Space Force Should Work With Industry to Advance Tech Roadmap

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Maj. Gen. Kimberly Crider, acting chief technology and innovation officer for the U.S. Space Force, said the service is set to publish its 2020 science and technology roadmap and recognizes the need to work with industry to bring that plan to fruition.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Wants Pentagon to Shed Light on Increased Progress Payment Rates

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has asked the Department of Defense (DoD) to answer some questions about the increased progress payment rates for contractors. DoD released a memo in March that increases the progress payment rates to 90 percent for large businesses and to 95 percent for small businesses in an effort to ensure cash flow into the industrial base during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gen. David Goldfein Works With Overseas Counterparts to Maintain F-35 Supply Chain Amid COVID-19

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Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said he has been in talks with his international counterparts to discuss ways on how to maintain the supply chain for the F-35 fighter jet program during the coronavirus pandemic, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.

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James Geurts: Navy Uses Supply Chain Mgmt Tools to Stay Ahead of Facility Closures

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James “Hondo” Geurts, assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition at the U.S. Navy and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service branch has used its supply chain management platforms to track where factory shutdown or delays could occur as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, FedScoop reported Monday.

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Pentagon Begins Implementation of Increased Progress Payment Rates for Vendors

Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, a spokesman for the Department of Defense, said DoD has started implementing the increased progress payment rates for contractors and that the Defense Contract Management Agency has modified about 1,400 contracts to reflect the increased rates, Federal News Network reported Tuesday.

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Sen. Mark Warner Asks OMB to Clarify Relief for Contractors Involved in National Security Missions

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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a three-time Wash100 award winner, has asked the Office of Management and Budget to release a directive that would direct agencies to implement a provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that offers relief to contractors supporting the country’s national security missions.

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