WASHINGTON — Last week, global tech trade association ITI joined members of the Acquisition Reform Working Group (ARWG), a large coalition of U.S. businesses representing thousands of companies providing ongoing support to the Department of Defense (DoD), in submitting suggestions and proposals to the U.S. Department of Defense for consideration when developing the defense authorization legislation for FY 2021.
In a letter dated September 24, 2020, and sent to Ranking Members of the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services Committees, ITI requested the committees’ consideration of the following cybersecurity, supply chain, and emerging technology provisions:
- Promotion of greater collaboration and consultation around cybersecurity and integrity of networks between the federal government and the private sector.
- Establishment of a National Cyber Director position.
- Addition of individuals from the private sector to the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center Board of Directors.
- Development of policy recommendations governing the development and use of emerging technologies to help guide the work of the Steering Committee on Emerging Technology.
- Support of the government’s acquisition of ethically and responsibly developed artificial intelligence technology.
- Authorization of funds to support the Department of Energy’s Artificial Intelligence Research Program.
- Review of future of computing beyond exascale at the National Nuclear Security Administration.
- Support of the Secretary of Defense to develop a program to partner with DoD contractors to promote interest in STEM-related careers.
- Consideration of using existing security standards and vulnerability management plan requirements rather than developing unique security requirements.
“ITI member companies are proud to partner with government agencies, such as the Department of Defense, to help meet many of our country’s most critical needs and objectives,” said Gordon Bitko, Senior Vice President for Policy and Public Sector Lead at ITI. “ITI appreciates the opportunity to provide suggestions and proposals for the defense authorization legislation for FY 2021 with a specific focus on the areas of cybersecurity, supply chain management and emerging technology - issues that are critical to the U.S. technology industry.”
Together, members of the ARWG represent thousands of small, mid-sized, and large companies and hundreds of thousands of employees that provide goods, services, and personnel to the (DoD) and have extensive experience partnering with the federal government to meet many of the United States’ most critical needs and objectives. ARWG members include ITI, the American Council of Engineering Companies, Associated General Contractors of America, Computing Technology Industry Association, National Defense Industrial Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.