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Pentagon declares defense contractors ‘critical infrastructure,’ must continue work | Defense News

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Pentagon declares defense contractors ‘critical infrastructure,’ must continue work | Defense News
Source: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jeremy L. Mosier

The U.S. Defense Department has announced that defense contractors are critical and must resume work as normal while taking appropriate precautions. Ellen Lord, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, has also made it clear that she expects all services and products to be completed on time. “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as designated by the Department of Homeland Security, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule,” she commented. Jeff Bialos, former deputy undersecretary of defense for industrial affairs, has noted that Lord’s memo does not hold legal precedence over state-mandated work stoppage decisions.

Source: https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2020/03/20/pentagon-declares-defense-contractors-critical-infrastructure-must-continue-work/