A March 18 executive order positions President Trump to invoke enhanced contracting powers granted under the Defense Production Act.
Special acquisition powers in a 1950 law could help the government obtain needed medical equipment in the coronavirus response.
It's unclear whether emergency measures to stem coronavirus' spread will affect DOD's roll out of its unified cybersecurity standard, but mitigation efforts will likely rely on teleconferencing for training.
Federal employees are recommended against domestic travel to conduct agency business, except for trips deemed mission-critical.
The agency is looking to bolster its technical capabilities to identify foreign propaganda online that targets specific audiences in the U.S.
The coronavirus pandemic is forcing a conversation about how to mitigate supply chain risks associated with outsourcing and globalization.
As concerns over the coronavirus outbreak drives more agencies towards expanding employee telework, federal acquisition contracts can help ease some of the pain.
The agency will need Congress to implement many recommendations from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and coordinate federal and non-federal responses to emerging threats.
David Norquist, the deputy defense secretary, said the Army's new augmented reality headset that enhances soldiers' situational awareness could see significant delays without on-time funding.
Officials said more money would improve the agency's detection and tracking capabilities for emerging diseases.
Contracting work could require some creative thinking for agencies and contractors in the event facilities are affected by the spread of coronavirus.
The recently unsealed Court of Federal Claims ruling granting an injunction on JEDI hinged on the technical evaluation of some of the features in Microsoft's bid.