From the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment – Managing Defense Contracts Impacts of the Novel Coronavirus
The challenges that the Department of Defense (DoD) faces in response to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) are historic, borne across the total force, including our military, civilian, and Defense Industrial Base (DIB) communities. We must work hand in hand to recover from this pandemic and maintain mission readiness. The effects of COVID-19 will affect the cost, schedule, and performance of many DoD contracts. Many contracts that ordinarily work side-by-side with the DoD workforce may be unable to access their work sites, and most contractors are coping with employees who are unable to work due to quarantine and state and local requests to restrict movement of their personnel. We must do our utmost to ensure that both the Department and the vital industrial base that supports us remain healthy for the duration of this emergency and emerge as strong as ever from the challenges of this pandemic. Fortunately, we have the regulatory tools to take action to address these impacts.