Bridging the Defense Department’s Valley of Death

NextGov – Decades ago, the federal government and U.S. military led nationwide technology advancements. Today, technology research and development funding is led by private sector companies, with federal agencies and the Defense Department serving as customers. However, accessing, acquiring and employing new technologies spearheaded by startups and innovative technology firms has become increasingly problematic for a host of reasons and for the government broadly, resulting in what’s been termed the “valley of death.” Click here to read more.

Introducing BUY.GSA.GOV

For years, the federal acquisition community has been asking for a simpler way to get the information it needs to make smarter purchases while saving taxpayer dollars. With this in mind, a new tool is available:

This buyer experience tool was built using human-centered design to address pain points in the acquisition process. It features a governmentwide effort resulting from user research and usability testing sessions that included federal agencies, vendors, and GSA’s own acquisition professionals.

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  • Easier Market Research
    • Simplify how you conduct market research, find contract vehicles and vendors, and meet mission requirements or Small Business Administration targets.
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Pentagon Reorganizes Industrial Policy Office to Shore up Defense Firms, Supply Chain

Defense One – The Pentagon has restructured its industrial policy office, a move that elevates oversight of the defense industry at a time of widespread supply chain troubles in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Changes include the creation of two new deputy assistant secretaries, one to focus on industrial base resilience and the other on industrial base development and international engagement. To read more, please click here.

The Department of Defense’s Report on Securing Defense-Critical Supply Chains

Lexology – The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has issued its long-awaited report in response to last year’s Executive Order 14017, Securing America’s Supply Chains, which called for a comprehensive review of supply chains in critical sectors, including the defense industrial base (DIB). The DoD report, titled “Securing Defense-Critical Supply Chains” (“Report”), assesses supply chains in the DIB and sets out DoD’s plan to align its priorities and capabilities to strengthen the industrial base and to establish a network of domestic and allied supply chains to meet national security needs. Click here to read more.

Secretary of Defense Austin Gives Reasoning for DoD Budget Request

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Army General Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the panel that with the change to strategic competition with China and Russia that some of the capabilities resident in the Defense Department are no longer needed, or fewer of those capabilities are required. Click here to read more and view the testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee.