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Stephen Kitay: Pentagon Examines Initial Results of Survey of Space Industrial Base Amid COVID-19

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Stephen Kitay, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, said the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Space Acquisition Council is assessing initial results of a survey about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the space industrial base, SpaceNews reported Wednesday.

“We are seeing reports of schedule impacts, strain on supply chains and adjustment to future business plans,” Kitay, a member of the council, said Wednesday at an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics-hosted podcast.

He said DoD has initiated efforts to support space industry suppliers during the crisis, such as waiving cost penalties for program delays.

“Sustaining the space industrial base is a national security concern,” Kitay said. “We continue to make contract awards, and in some cases have accelerated those awards."

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