The Pentagon is engaged on a software program “don’t purchase” checklist to dam distributors who use software program code originating from Russia and China, a high Protection Division acquisitions official stated on Friday.
Ellen Lord, the beneath secretary of protection for acquisition and sustainment, advised reporters the Pentagon has been working for six months on a “don’t purchase” checklist of software program distributors. The checklist is supposed to assist the Division of Protection’s acquisitions workers and business companions keep away from buying problematic code for the Pentagon and suppliers.
“What we’re doing is ensuring that we don’t purchase software program that has Russian or Chinese language provenance, as an example, and very often that is troublesome to inform at first look due to holding corporations,” she advised reporters gathered in a convention room close to her Pentagon workplace.
The Pentagon has labored intently with the intelligence neighborhood, she stated, including “now we have recognized sure corporations that don’t function in a method in step with what now we have for protection requirements.”
Figuring out these corporations has meant that they’re placed on an inventory that’s shared with the Pentagon’s acquisitions workers.
Lord didn’t present any additional element on the checklist.
She additionally stated an upcoming report on the U.S. army provide chain will present the Pentagon depends upon Chinese language elements for some army gear, a high Protection Division official stated on Friday.
The economic base report will present “there’s a massive deal with dependency on international international locations for provide, and China figures very prominently.”