Tag Archives: national defense

U.S. Companies Continue to Secure Defense Deals Amid Pandemic-Related Slowdown

Global Defense Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the growth of the global defense industry as governments increase spending on efforts aimed at countering the public health and economic effects of the coronavirus. Economic and logistical challenges due to the pandemic have disrupted defense sales, manufacturing and development, resulting in production irregularities and increasing costs for many defense contractors.

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Nellis AFB Launches New Air Force Operational Test Event; Col. Ryan Messer Quoted

53rd Wing

The 53rd Wing has consolidated its series of large-scale tests into a new event called the “Black Flag” at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, the AirForceTimes reported on Monday. Black Flag is being designed to build capability for the Air Force and act as the equivalent to the service branch’s “Red Flag” training exercise testing. 

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PSC Addresses Chinese Supply Chain Rule in NDAA; David Berteau Quoted

David Berteau

The Professional Services Council (PSC) has addressed the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council to provide clarification on the Interim Final Rule, Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment. PSC has submitted comments concerning prohibitions on contractors’ use of products and services from certain Chinese telecommunications firms including Huawei and ZTE.

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Battelle Wins Task Order to Support Defense Supply Chain; Tom Bergman Quoted

Tom Bergman

Battelle has been awarded a $16.6 million task order contract under the Microelectronics and Embedded Systems Assurance (MESA) IDIQ contract vehicle to mitigate risk within the national defense supply chain, the company reported on Thursday. Battelle will serve as a prime contractor and the task order will continue through 2022.

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Report: DoD Launches Space Development Agency

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Patrick Shanahan officially unveiled the new space development agency, CNN reported Wednesday. Fred Kennedy, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s tactical technology office, will lead the agency as part of the proposed space force, according to a copy of Shanahan’s memo obtained by the publication.

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Ashton Carter: US Forces Granted Added Flexibility to Support Afghan Military

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said U.S. military forces in Afghanistan will deliver added firepower support and advise ground and air troops of the Afghan military, DoD News reported Wednesday. Cheryl Pellerin writes President Barack Obama approved plans to provide additional flexibility for U.S. forces in Afghanistan to proactively support local conventional forces through firepower, close-air …

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Randy Forbes: Nat’l Defense Panel Review Highlights Sequester’s ‘Problems’

The congressionally-chartered National Defense Panel has released a report calling for the repeal of the budget sequestration, a view that Rep. Randy Forbes agrees on, Breaking Defense reported Thursday. Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes that Forbes highlighted the panel’s assessment that increased defense spending is needed to address the “widening gap” between the U.S. military’s …

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