Lord defends request for contractor COVID-19 relief: 'I don't write blank checks'

By Tony Bertuca / August 20, 2020 at 1:42 PM
Defense Department acquisition chief Ellen Lord today defended the Pentagon's request that Congress provide about $11 billion in emergency supplemental funding to mitigate the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on defense contractors and weapons programs. “I don’t write blank checks,” she said during a Pentagon press conference. The Pentagon says the $11 billion request, according to a white paper obtained by Inside Defense , would be used to support about 106,000 jobs in the defense industrial base. But...

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