defense industry

  • A new program for those looking to learn the ins and outs of defense contracting

    The University of Oklahoma’s Graduate School of Business has launched an online graduate degree program for aerospace and defense.

  • Navy building more ‘strategic’ relationships with its key suppliers

    To maintain readiness and get better insights into its supply chain, Naval Supply Systems Command says it needs deeper relationships with its biggest vendors.

  • Defense industry aggravated with progress of DoD LPTA contracts

    Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about what’s starting to annoy industry.

  • New report recommends executive order to deal with DoD supply chain vulnerabilities

    The report identifies five macro forces that influence 10 risk archetypes, each of which represents a threat to the stability and security of the defense industrial base.

  • Industry conference will pair SOCOM with innovation

    The NDIA sponsors the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference to give SOCOM face-time with members of the defense industry to discuss gaps in capabilities and how industry can best fill them.

  • Carter’s defense innovation program gets new site, new structure, new blood

    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s defense innovation hub continues to live up to its concept, iterating and improving rapidly as it becomes bi-coastal.

  • Issa seeks answers on layoff notices from defense companies

    Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darrel Issa (R-Calif.), wrote to the heads of 10 defense companies seeking information about the legal justification for not issuing notices of potential layoffs due to the across-the-board defense cuts set to go into effect Jan. 2. If contractors don’t issue the notices and contracts are, in fact, terminated or modified, then agencies will pick up the contract-termination and employee compensation costs, the Office of Management and Budget stated in guidance issued late last month. But Republican lawmakers have argued the White House doesn’t have the legal authority to ask companies to not comply with the law.

  • Labor Dept. says defense layoffs ‘speculative,’ no need for warning

    Defense industry executives have spent the last few weeks warning that across-the-board budgets cuts that go into effect in January, could force them to issue notifications to employees in the fall to warn of impending layoffs. However, in a new memo issued Monday, the Labor Department said the lack of clarity about how the cuts would be applied means it would be “inappropriate” to issue Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notifications.

  • In Depth interviews – July 24

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources. Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, discusses whether sequestration can be averted.

  • Defense company executives warn of layoffs if cuts go through

    A slate of defense industry executives lined up to testify before the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday, telling lawmakers that the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration would be devastating to their businesses and could lead to mass layoffs. The lack of action by Congress, so far, to avert the cuts has led to a “fog of uncertainty” even now, five months away from when sequestration would take effect, the CEO of Lockheed Martin testified.