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Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Pilots for Fiscal Year 2021

The Department of Defense (DoD) issued an interim rule on Sept. 29, 2020 to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework. This interim rule includes new DFARS clause 252.204-7021, which specifies CMMC requirements and enables the department to verify the protection of Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) within the unclassified networks of Defense Industrial Base (DIB) companies. The interim rule became effective on Nov. 30, 2020...

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New DOD Directive Will Improve Acquisition Reform, Officials Say

On Sept. 8, Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist signed Defense Department Directive 5000.01, "The Defense Acquisition System." It supports the National Defense Strategy by improving on business reform and developing a more lethal force based on faster delivery of technological innovation and a culture of performance that yields a decisive and sustained U.S. military advantage, said Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. Speaking yesterday at the National Training and Simulation Association, Lord recalled how the environment...

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Looking Forward Into 2021

Recently, the Honorable Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S), and DAU President Jim Woolsey met virtually to discuss acquisition innovation and reform in 2021 and beyond. In addressing Department of Defense (DoD) challenges and successes across the defense industry, Ms. Lord focused on leading-edge solutions to enable the Warfighter. Woolsey: It’s hard to believe we’re already in the first quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, which is why I’m excited to sit down with you to look at 2021 and beyond, and what...

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Acquisition Sustainability Within a Globalized Industrial Base

The superiority of the nation’s defense depends on the knowledge, skills, and behaviors of the people involved in program acquisition, both government and industry. In government, the Senior Executive Service (SES) personnel capability is the point of the spear. Yet it is being blunted and hollowed out through increasing retirements. Replacement personnel need to possess knowledge in STEM (science, technology, and especially engineering and mathematics) as well as liberal arts such as language, culture, and history.

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Stacy A. Cummings

Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment

Gregory M. Kausner

Performing the Duties of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment

ASD (Acquisition)

Provides oversight and policy direction to Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Under Secretary of Defense (A&S)


ASD (Sustainment)

Serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the USD A&S, Deputy Secretary of Defense (DEPSECDEF), and Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)


ASD (Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs)

Develops policies and provides advice to NCBDP related plans and programs


Industrial Policy

Provides detailed analyses and in-depth understanding of the increasingly global, commercial, and financially complex industrial supply chain


Special Access Program Central Office

Serves under the authority and direction of both the Deputy Secretary of Defense (DepSecDef) and the USD(A&S)


International Cooperation

Supports the Under Secretary in carrying out their responsibilities and exercising their authorities on all international matters