Senate Votes on Extending 3610 Timeline and Lockheed Martin Is Hiring in One State

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While the House has passed the continuing resolution that keeps the doors open until December 11, the Senate still needs to vote this week – before Thursday. No one seems inter­est­ed in a gov­ern­ment shut­down. While policy riders were removed to stream­line the stop­gap fund­ing mea­sure, law­mak­ers did include an exten­sion of the CARES Act pro­vi­sion. Section 3610 allows fed­er­al agen­cies to adjust con­tracts in order to fund oper­a­tions that allowed work to stay at a steady state for clas­si­fied pro­grams. Without access to remote clas­si­fied net­works and Section 3610, con­trac­tors are left with the deci­sion to eat the costs or layoff employ­ees. Larger com­pa­nies with unclas­si­fied and clas­si­fied project streams can some­times pivot to pro­vide ongo­ing bill­able work for their employ­ees.

Layoffs Impacting the Defense Industry

Freeman Company, LLC In a pan­dem­ic year, some things con­tin­ue on, but some indus­tries have been hit deeply. While attend­ing events vir­tu­al­ly pro­vides access to the con­tent, the event indus­try as a whole has expe­ri­enced a deeper impact than lost learn­ing poten­tial or net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties of event atten­ders. Freeman Company, LLC is one of the largest event man­age­ment com­pa­nies in the Las Vegas Valley, and is just one of the many event com­pa­nies that has had to extend the fur­lough of its 242 employ­ees.

While we wait for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) to be put in place, the White House approved an inter­im rule for defense con­trac­tors that requires adher­ence to exist­ing cybersecurity stan­dards. The new rule from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management Budget (OMB) requires defense con­trac­tors to self assess their imple­men­ta­tion of system secu­ri­ty require­ments iden­ti­fied in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication (NIST SP) 800 – 171. The inter­im rule will pro­vide a holdover until the CMMC frame­work is fully in place.

Hiring impacting the Defense Industry

Lockheed Martin The defense indus­try in Colorado has not only remained steady, but even poised for growth. Lockheed Martin has more than 1500 employ­ees in the the Colorado Springs area, with plans to expand even more. Statewide, Lockheed Martin has about 11,000 employ­ees. With 500 employ­ees already added this year in CO for Lockheed Martin, the defense con­trac­tor still has 800 open posi­tions in the state.

“We are seeing growth from exist­ing cus­tomers and con­tracts that are going through growth rel­a­tive to mis­sile defense at both Schriever and Peterson (air force bases) and all over Colorado Springs. We also have some new con­tract wins and a lot of growth within exist­ing cus­tomers and con­tracts,” said J.D. Hammond, Lockheed Martin’s vice pres­i­dent of com­mand, con­trol, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, com­put­ers, intelligence and recon­nais­sance in the Springs. “We also are expand­ing our rela­tion­ship with small busi­ness­es by stand­ing up an inno­va­tion center at the Catalyst Campus (for Technology and Innovation). A lot of our growth in Colorado Springs is coming with Space Force and U.S. Space Command.”

Opportunity to Watch

The DoD has sent in $5 mil­lion to the Utah’s Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) via a grant for the state to put towards an $11 mil­lion project set to devel­op Northern Utah’s region­al defense indus­try. Utah has been named as one of six Defense Manufacturing Communities in the nation. Utah’s pro­grams will focus on build­ing up the industry’s work­force and bol­ster­ing supply chains.

“This is big news for Utah’s grow­ing aero­space, defense and man­u­fac­tur­ing indus­try,” GOED Executive Director Val Hale said in a state­ment. “We look for­ward to the oppor­tu­ni­ties and the eco­nom­ic impact this will bring to our state.”

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