Center for Government Contracting News

  • June 11, 2024

    In this op-ed, Jerry McGinn says the Senate Armed Services Committee should seriously consider the creation of a new office inside DoD for international cooperation.

  • June 4, 2024

    The Greg and Camille Baroni Center for Government Contracting has released a comprehensive analysis on the impact of raising the Micro-Purchase Threshold (MPT) for federal acquisition and small business participation.

  • May 30, 2024

    The Greg and Camille Baroni Center for Government Contracting is working with the federal government to reform the military’s Cold War-era processes for tech development.

  • May 29, 2024

    Emily Murphy’s recognition with the GOVTECH CONNECTS Acquisition Lifecycle Leadership Award is a testament to her significant contributions to the government contracting community. This award honors those who “champion innovation, develop strategic partnerships, and challenge the status quo through cutting-edge strategies—creating more effective systems and teams to propel organizations into the future.”

  • May 15, 2024

    Recap of people, research, news and events for January-March 2024

  • May 10, 2024

    Jeff Kojac, Baroni Center director of studies, presents how Congressional leadership is needed for Defense acquisition rapid innovation and adaptation.

  • May 7, 2024

    The House Financial Services Committee’s hearing this week on the reauthorization of the Defense Production Act is timely and important. The DPA is an essential tool for national security that was little known prior to COVID-19. Its use during the pandemic helped the U.S. government mobilize its industrial base to allocate and distribute goods as well as make investments to build industrial capacity in critical areas such as ventilators and personal protective equipment during a time of national crisis. That recent experience, coupled with the daunting national security challenges facing us today, makes it a great time to strengthen the DPA for the future. Jerry McGinn's Opinion in Defense News shares how we can do it:

  • April 26, 2024

    The focus of this webinar will be Emerging Technologies, CMMC, and Cyber Resilience. How should the government acquire secure technologies without stifling innovation? The discussion provides insights and uncertainties for business to adopt CMMC, including cost, risk awareness and reporting.

  • April 30, 2024

    Challenges with supply chains during and after COVID, production challenges supporting Ukraine’s defense against the Russian invasion, and deterring Chinese aggression have exposed significant challenges in the capacity of the defense industrial base to meet current and potential future operational contingencies.
    Significant efforts are underway to address these challenges and DoD recently released the first-ever National Defense Industrial Strategy to guide the overall approach to strengthen the defense industrial base. What does the strategy mean for government and industry? The Baroni Center held a discussion on this critical question with the principal author of the strategy, an influential House member with deep industrial base experience, and a CEO of a major defense contractor.

  • April 8, 2024

    Secretary del Toro captures the essence of the anti-buyback argument, which has been articulated by Pentagon leaders for years: “You can’t be asking the American taxpayer to make even greater public investments while you continue, in some cases, to goose your stock prices through stock buybacks, deferring promised capital investments, and other accounting maneuvers.” Why do defense companies continue to pursue stock buybacks? It is principally the large mature defense primes such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and HII that buy back stock. These firms are profitable, generate significant cash flow, have a relatively low cost of capital and are not highly leveraged.