National Law Review: White House 100-Day Supply Chain Report At a Glance

In February 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14017, “Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains” (discussed here), requiring (among other things) a report within 100-days requiring key government agencies to assess vulnerabilities and consider potential improvements to supply chains in four critical industries. The National Law Review summary focuses on what they see as the key risk areas and challenges, as well as certain of the resulting recommendations identified by each reviewing agency. CLICK HERE to read more.

Navy Releases Long-Range Shipbuilding Plan that Drops Emphasis on 355 Ships, Lays Out Fleet Design Priorities

The Navy submitted an update to Congress regarding its annual long-range shipbuilding plans. The plan takes a step back from the much-talked-about standard of a 355-ship fleet and instead lays out priorities for a future distributed naval force of about 321 ships. A fleet of 321 manned ships would be a departure from past modeling, wargaming and analysis that pointed to a fleet of 355 or more manned ships to counter threats from China and Russia in a future fight. The lower number, though, is more in line with current fiscal constraints and industry capacity. CLICK HERE to read more.

Fiscal 2022 DOD Budget Request Looks to Future Preparedness

Past fiscal defense budgets had to favor current readiness over long-term modernization. The fiscal 2022 president’s defense request begins the shift of monies to the future with record research and development spending in cutting edge technologies, defense leaders told the Senate Appropriations Committee today. CLICK HERE to read more.

DOD Oversight Report Tracks Pandemic Spending

A recent watchdog report provides a glimpse into how the Defense Department spent emergency pandemic funds.

The DoD’s Office of Inspector General reviewed six key awards totaling $207 million in contracts and found that officials complied with federal acquisition regulations and other authorities when funding existing contracts and new technology investment agreements with $1 billion allocated in the CARES Act for purchases and contractor payments under the Defense Production Act. CLICK HERE to read more.