NDIA asks Congress to reconsider several defense legislative proposals
ARLINGTON, VA – The National Defense Industrial Association is among members of the Acquisition Reform Working Group voicing concern to Capitol Hill over several legislative proposals that the groups say could harm the defense industrial base, the Arlington, Virginia-based trade organization announces today.
In a June 15 letter to the Senate and House Armed Services committees, NDIA joined the Computing Technology Industry Association, the Information Technology Industry Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in calling for consideration of the thousands of companies of all sizes that provide goods, services and personnel to the Defense Department. These groups seek broad protection for such businesses in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022.
The letter contains 26 directives that address myriad issues, including: domestic content preferences, cybersecurity requirements, security certifications, cloud service providers, innovation, acquisition, supply-chain risk management, operation and maintenance, procurement, commercial technologies use, competition and cost, and automation, among others.
It also calls to make permanent the Small Business Innovation Research Program and a provision for special emergency reimbursement authority modeled after section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
The complete letter can be found here.