HASC Chair Calls for New Incentives to Reduce Defense Costs – HASC chair calls for new incentives to reduce defense costs For House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.), that, in some ways, comes down to the right incentives for both those inside the Pentagon and defense contractors. [April 2021]

Pentagon tech office asks industry for ‘leap-ahead capabilities’ – WASHINGTON – The Pentagon’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office wants industry to pitch “highly innovative” technologies that could benefit war fighters in future wars. The office, which focuses on prototyping technologies for DoD modernization priorities, released its 2021 Global Needs Statement on March 24 on The office wants to hear from companies about products across these priority areas: artificial intelligence/machine learning; autonomy; biotechnology; cyber; directed energy; fully networked command, communication, and control; hypersonics; microelectronics; quantum; space; 5G; and other disruptive technologies. [March 2021]

Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains – PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS – Pandemics and other biological threats, cyber-attacks, climate shocks and extreme weather events, terrorist attacks, geopolitical and economic competition, and other conditions can reduce critical manufacturing capacity and the availability and integrity of critical goods, products, and services. Resilient American supply chains will revitalize and rebuild domestic manufacturing capacity, maintain America’s competitive edge in research and development, and create well-paying jobs. They will also support small businesses, promote prosperity, advance the fight against climate change, and encourage economic growth in communities of color and economically distressed areas. [February 2021]

GSA Announces Redesign of FedRAMP Website to Improve User Experience – “The program shifted into high-gear, helping agencies adopt secure cloud technologies,” said Dave Zvenyach, deputy commissioner of Federal Acquisition Service and director of Technology Transformation Services (TTS). “Meeting the technology needs of the federal government during the pandemic is our priority, and FedRAMP will continue to be an essential part of that effort.” [February 2021]

The Trusted Capital program, established in 2020, connects companies critical to the defense industrial base with vetted trusted capital providers. Companies critical to the Department of Defense (DoD) require access to rapid funding from capital providers at key development stages. Without this funding, capability providers in the DoD supply chain become susceptible to strategic funding from adversaries that leverage capital to exploit technology transfer. [January 2021]