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Mystic Seaport Museum Plans Partial Reopening
NBC CT, May 7, 2020
The Mystic Seaport Museum is one of many tourist attractions across the state preparing for a potential reopening.
If phase one of the state’s reopening plan moves forward, outdoor museums and zoos will be included in the various businesses that are allowed to reopen on May 20.
“We are very excited to reopen, but we are being extremely cautious in how to do it,” said Dan McFadden, spokesperson for the Mystic Seaport Museum.
5 Orsted US Offshore Wind Projects Face Possible Delay Due to COVID-19, Permitting Challenges
Green Tech Media, April 29, 2020
Five of Ørsted’s U.S. offshore wind projects totaling nearly 3 gigawatts may face delays due to the coronavirus crisis and slowed permitting, in a blow to U.S. ambitions to animate a thriving offshore wind industry over the next few years.
Denmark’s Ørsted, the world’s top offshore wind developer, built a formidable early lead in the U.S. market, with contracted projects stretching from New England down to Virginia, including two huge projects totaling nearly 2 gigawatts for New Jersey and New York.
On Wednesday Ørsted confirmed that two smaller projects — the 120-megawatt Skipjack for Maryland and the 132-megawatt South Fork for New York — are all but certain to be delayed beyond their planned completion dates in 2022. Ørsted now expects to finish Skipjack in the following year, and COVID-19-related shutdowns in New York “will also very likely delay South Fork beyond 2022,” the company said in a statement.
Shipyards Continue to Balance COVID-19 Mitigation With Efficient Operations
USNI, April 28, 2020
It’s still too early to say if the COVID-19-related economic slowdown is significantly disrupting the production of major programs, the Navy’s top weapons-buyer said during a media call Tuesday.
At the shipyards, the near-term priority work is on track. However, the Navy is still watching how COVID-19-related restrictions and supply-chain problems are disrupting the mid- and long-term work, James Geurts, the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, said Tuesday.
Asked about continuing operations while the virus hits or threatens shipyards and manufacturers, Geurts said, “we are seeing less [disruption] than in the first couple weeks, but we are still learning and studying hard what the potential downstream impacts could be.” He added the Navy and its industry partners were only about five weeks into the pandemic and so it would be hard to draw any larger conclusions yet about impacts to specific programs or sectors.
Port Authority says State Pier Construction Schedule on Track
The Day, April 27, 2020
The Connecticut Port Authority on Monday authorized its chairman to secure an agreement with a company that will oversee the estimated $157 million redevelopment of State Pier.
The unanimous vote by the authority’s board of directors to hire a construction administrator demonstrates continued momentum for the project in the face of worldwide disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, said Port Authority Chairman David Kooris.
The project to create an offshore wind hub is expected to start early next year and finish in 2022. Activity could start before year’s end with demolition and remediation of existing structures and stockpiling of construction materials.
ARM Technology Project Call Proposals Due by May 20, 2020
April 24, 2020
If you are an ARM member, or plan to become one, they have released their full documentation for the 20-01 Technology Project Call. You can see the information on their website by clicking below.
Proposals for our 20-01 Technology Project Call (TEC-20-01) are due on May 20, 2020. This call features an increase from 8 to 12 topic areas with five newly identified market opportunities. The final version of our Technology Project Call and the corresponding templates are publicly available, but you must be an ARM Member to submit a proposal. Email email@example.com to learn more.
A wider federal study of the Vineyard Wind project and cumulative impacts of offshore wind development off the East Coast is holding to schedule despite the coronavirus crisis, with a decision expected by December, a top federal official said Tuesday.
With their offices closed, federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management reviewers are working remotely to compile findings toward a final environmental impact statement for the 804-megawatt Vineyard Wind project off southern New England, said James Bennett, chief of BOEM’s renewable energy program.
But public health measures to combat the spread of coronavirus have derailed the agency’s plans for gathering stakeholder comment, including public hearings starting in June, Bennett said during IPF20 Virtual, an online conference hosted this week by the Business Network for Offshore Wind.
Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers
The DECD has shared helpful tips based upon the guidelines shared for keeping people safe from Coronovirus and minimizing the spread.
DoD: Shipbuilding, Aviation Hardest-Hit Sectors in Defense Industrial Base by COVID Pandemic
USNI, April 20, 2020
The shipbuilding, aviation and small space launch sectors are the three hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic within the defense industrial base, according to the under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, despite a slew of memos and authorities signed out by the Pentagon to relieve pressure from sick workers and facilities closures.
“We see a slowdown in the shipyards to an extent. Aviation is actually the most highly impacted sector we have right now. So the 20 different memos that Kim Herrington (director of defense pricing and contracting) put out are really to make sure our cash flows and we quickly get on contract so we can keep going,” Ellen Lord told reporters on a Monday morning news conference.
Navy Silently Commissions Nuclear Attack Boats USS Vermont, USS Delaware
USNI, April 20, 2020
USS Vermont (SSN-792), the Navy’s first block IV Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine, joined the fleet over the weekend in a subdued administrative action transitioning the boat to normal operations without the pomp and circumstance of a comissioning ceremony ashore.
COVID-19-related restrictions limiting travel and the size of public gatherings caused the Navy and Vermont’s commissioning committee to cancel the public ceremony.
“This Virginia-class fast-attack submarine will continue the proud naval legacy of the state of Vermont and the ships that have borne her name,” Acting Secretary of the Navy James E. McPherson said in a statement. “I am confident the crew of this cutting edge platform will carry on this tradition and confront the challenges of today’s complex world with the professionalism and dedication our nation depends on from warriors of the silent service.”
Summaries from NMC Check-In Calls
These check in notes from our first two calls are available until May 1st to the public. After May 1st, all check in calls summaries will be available to members only. Each check in call is focused around a specific topic and includes helpful information to help companies stay on top of the COVID battle by learning of opportunities and speaking with others who are navigating this space of staying open and continuing to work during this time. If you are a member, please see our Members-Only portal for the call notes from April 22nd’s call about Opportunities in and Around the Thames River.
Free Webinar: New Small Business Federal Funding Program – Update to PPP
SCORE is hosting a webinar Friday, April 24, 2020 to share updates to the PPP.
Join us as Julio Casiano from the Small Business Administration discusses the additional funding that is now available to small businesses as part of the new Payroll Protection Program (PPP) relief bill passed by Congress this week.Topics include:
- What businesses are eligible to apply
- The criteria for loan approval
- Loan size and terms
- Filing requirements
- How to apply
Note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Geurts: Navy Acquisition ‘Managing Downside Risk,’ Seeking ‘Upside Opportunity’
USNI, April 16, 2020
The Navy’s acquisition community is trying to “leverage the condition we’re in, not be a victim of it,” with the service’s top buyer saying he’s confident his workforce can take unexpected lessons learned adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic and actually be more efficient in the long term.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition James Geurts said the Navy this fiscal year has already awarded $88.52 billion in acquisition contracts, compared to $66.3 billion at the same time last year – a 32-percent acceleration in awarding work, and with 5 percent fewer contracting actions. He said this is also happening while more than 95 percent of his staff is teleworking. On the research side of the portfolio, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has obligated $1.5 billion in work compared to the planned $1.029 billion at this point in the year.
The reason for rushing to get so much work on contract is to get as big a backlog as possible in place for not just prime contractors but for suppliers of all sizes around the country – so that as the coronavirus hits different geographies at different times, any companies affected by the disease will have plenty of work to come back to when the workforce is able to continue working. Geurts first told reporters about this effort last month, saying the last thing he wanted was a company with healthy workers and no work on contract to perform.
Department of the Navy Issues 20.4 SBIR Phase 1 Technology Acceleration BAA
On April 13, 2020, the Department of the Navy (DON) issued a 20.4 SBIR Phase I Technology Acceleration BAA, requesting proposals from innovative startups and small businesses that demonstrate development and commercialization of dual-use technologies responsive to topic requirements while also meeting unmet market demands.
Companies proposing scalable high-impact technologies addressing commercial market needs that can be leveraged by the Navy are strongly encouraged to apply.
This BAA leverages Navy Technology Acceleration processes resulting in awards within 45 days from the close of this BAA, and initial payments within 15 days of awards.
Submission: Proposals for this BAA will be accepted starting April 27, 2020, and will close May 28, 2020 at 12:00 noon EDT. All proposals must be submitted through the DoD’s Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal (DSIP) at www.dodsbirsttr.mil/
- [N20.4] Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Technology Acceleration Topics:
- N204-A01 Naval Depot Modernization and Sustainment
- N204-A02 Digital Logistics
- N204-A03 Deployable Systems Manufacturability
- N204-A04 Rapid Reconstitution of Communications and Compact Hardware Solutions
Iberdrola Plans to Take Top Spot in US Offshore Wind (and Keep It)
GreenTech Media, April 14, 2020
Spanish utility group Iberdrola wants to be the biggest player in the U.S. offshore wind market, but it will need to go through early market front-runner Ørsted to get there.
Iberdrola, among the world’s largest wind power generators, plans to steamroll its way through the coronavirus crisis, with CEO Ignacio Galán announcing plans this month to increase investment in renewables projects and continue adding jobs as soon as the public health crisis is over. Up to a quarter of the €10 billion ($11 billion) the company plans to invest this year will go toward offshore wind.
Iberdrola has long been a major player in U.S. renewables and remains one of the country’s largest owners of onshore wind farms through its controlling stake in Avangrid, a utility and renewables developer. The U.S. — and Avangrid — is now a central plank of Iberdrola’s global offshore wind push, accounting for more than 60 percent of its 12-gigawatt global offshore pipeline.
Cybercrime May Be the World’s Third-Largest Economy by 2021
DarkReading, April 13, 2020
The underground economy is undergoing an industrialization wave and booming like never before.
As organizations go digital, so does crime. Today, cybercrime is a massive business in its own right, and criminals everywhere are clamoring to get a piece of the action as companies and consumers invest trillions to stake their claim in the digital universe.
That’s why the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “Global Risks Report 2020” states that cybercrime will be the second most-concerning risk for global commerce over the next decade until 2030. It’s also the seventh most-likely risk to occur, and eighth most impactful. And the stakes have never been higher. Revenue, profits, and the brand reputations of enterprises are on the line; mission-critical infrastructure is being exposed to threats; and nation-states are engaging in cyber warfare and cyber espionage with each other.
Putting things into perspective: Walmart, which racks up America’s greatest firm earnings, generated a mind-blowing $514 billion in revenue last year. Yet cybercrime earns 12 times that. Both sell a huge variety of products and services. In fact, in terms of earnings, cybercrime puts even Tesla, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Walmart to shame. Their combined annual revenue totals “just” $1.28 trillion.
Massachusetts Joins New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island’s Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work and Restore the Economy
New York State, April 13, 2020
Council Will Include One Health Expert, One Economic Development Expert and Respective Chiefs of Staff from Each State
Council Will Develop a Fully Integrated Regional Framework to Gradually Lift the States’ Stay at Home Orders While Minimizing the Risk of Increased Spread of the Virus
New Effort Builds on the States’ Ongoing Regional Approach to Combatting COVID-19
Exporting Mechanics Webinar Series II
April 13, 2020
The U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, has partnered with The NCBFAA Educational Institute (NCBFAA), to present an exporting mechanics webinar series focused on more leading and progressive topics. The series will provide U.S. small and medium-sized businesses with more advanced information that they need to help them increase exports abroad, while increasing employment and jobs in the United States.
*The content for all topics will last within an hour, but sometimes, the question and answer session will last beyond the hour based on the number of participants on the webinar.”
Event: ACE Export Reports for Compliance
Date: April 14, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Cost: $25 per participant
Learn how to cover the ACE reporting that will assist in international transactions and staying compliant.
For more information, go to NCBFAA
New York will Work with New Jersey, Connecticut When it’s Time to Restart the Economy, Cuomo Says
New York Business Journal, April 8, 2020
New York state will work with New Jersey and Connecticut when it moves to restarting the economy and bringing workers back to their offices once the biggest threat from the coronavirus subsides, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Many people in the New York City metro area live and work across the three states’ borders, so just as they coordinated shutting down various businesses, it makes sense to eventually together bring people back, Cuomo said at a press conference Tuesday.
“We have to start planning restarting life. We’re not there yet, but this is not a light switch that we can just flick one day and everything goes back to normal,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo has been talking with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont about potential approaches.
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Explained: What Defense Contractors Need to Know
CSO, April 8, 2020
What is the CMMC?
The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a unified standard for implementing cybersecurity across the defense industrial base (DIB), which includes over 300,000 companies in the supply chain. The CMMC is the DoD’s response to significant compromises of sensitive defense information located on contractors’ information systems.
The US Department of Defense (DoD) released the much-anticipated Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) version 1.0 on January 31, 2020. It was drafted with significant input from University Affiliated Research Centers, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, and industry.
Navy Calls for Face Masks for All Military and Civilians on Base
USNI, April 7, 2020
The Navy is requesting anyone – active duty, reservist, dependent or retiree – visiting a military installation to wear a face mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The new Navy policy, detailed in a recent NAVADMIN, follows mask recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Using cloth face coverings in public settings is expected to help the public stop the spread of COVID-19.
Researchers think the virus is spread mainly from person-to-person, and recent studies indicate people who are infected but have yet to display any symptoms are also likely spreading COVID-19, according to the latest CDC guidance. Cloth masks are intended to help prevent anyone who has Coronavirus from spreading the virus.
New England Fishing Groups Wary of Rapid Offshore Wind Development Plans
Energy News Network, April 7, 2020
The wind and fishing industries need to communicate “early and often” to avoid disputes and delays, stakeholders say.
As offshore wind moves up the coast of New England, efforts are underway to make sure the region’s fishing interests have a seat at the table early in project development.
An alliance of industry and academic stakeholders is promoting the need for research and best practices as offshore wind takes hold in waters where fishing has long been an economic anchor.
Fishing groups have several concerns about the potential for boating obstacles and ecological impacts. A dearth of research makes the industry hesitant as it prepares for a slew of projects that could overwhelm their operations.
Above all, fishing stakeholders want to be included from the start of wind project development.
Connecticut Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers
CBIA, April 7, 2020
The state Department of Economic and Community Development issued new rules April 7 outlining additional protective measures that every workplace in Connecticut deemed essential—and any other business or nonprofit allowed to remain open—must follow.
The following Safe Workplaces Rules for Essential Employers, which took effect immediately, are mandatory throughout the state.
- Essential employees who are able to work from home SHOULD BE WORKING FROM HOME.
- For employees who have traveled internationally in a region where COVID-19 is active, or have returned from a cruise, it is recommended to stay home and self-monitor for fourteen days, subsequent to returning.
- Eliminate all non-essential workplace travel.
- Distribute summaries of health insurance processes and procedures to employees.
- Control access to external visitors including:
–Prohibiting entry into the facility for non-essential visitors.
–Interviewing approved visitors about their current health condition and recent travel history.
–Using hand sanitizer at point of entry to the facility.
Groton Metal Shop ‘Moving a Mountain’ to Provide Nose Strips for Homemade Masks
The Day, April 4, 2020
A request from a nurse at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital set off a volunteer effort by the Hillery Company metal fabrication shop to help protect health care workers across the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
With the help of volunteers, who are wearing masks at the Meridian Street shop and practicing social distancing, the company has made and shipped tens of thousands of aluminum strips to secure homemade masks to the face.
The effort is continuing as health care facilities across the country scramble to acquire enough masks and other personal protective equipment to protect them from the contagious respiratory droplets that spread the virus.
How Will COVID-19 Impact Long Term Trends in Contracting?
Federal News Network, April 3, 2020
COVID19 presents unique and enduring challenges to business operations and mission fulfillment. While many “lessons learned” regarding best practices to confront natural disasters can be gleaned from such situations as Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, the unprecedented scope and impact of this pandemic raise troubling issues for legacy business models. In terms of “big A” acquisition policy, we believe that the current crisis will fundamentally alter existing programmatic assumptions. Identifying these trends is an important beginning in terms of what lies ahead.
Reading these “tea leaves” allow us to make impacts of recent events upon the broader framework of government IT acquisition. What can we foresee and predict?
From a macro perspective, we believe that the current unprecedented situation has the potential to fundamentally re-align the basic consensus regarding the much-touted benefits of globalization. In terms of government contractors, and IT specifically, we have been discussing the following trends and consequences.
FBI Releases Guidance on Defending Against VTC Hijacking and Zoom-Bombing
National Cyber Awareness System, April 2, 2020
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article on defending against video-teleconferencing (VTC) hijacking (referred to as “Zoom-bombing” when attacks are to the Zoom VTC platform). Many organizations and individuals are increasingly dependent on VTC platforms, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, to stay connected during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The FBI has released this guidance in response to an increase in reports of VTC hijacking.
CT Maintains Funds for Transportation, Port Development, Amidst Pandemic
CT Mirror, April 1, 2020
State government will put its credit card to work next week for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit Connecticut.
And while the State Bond Commission will consider $5 million for emergency supplies for state and municipal public health agencies, most of the $1 billion in new financing is aimed at transportation infrastructure, economic development and long overdue municipal aid.
The meeting of the 10-member panel, which is chaired by Gov. Ned Lamont, will meet next Wednesday via teleconference at 1 p.m. The proceeding also will be aired and streamed on The Connecticut Network, the state’s public access cable channel.
NMC Check-In Call Summary
On March 31, we meet with several members via Zoom to discuss how COVID has affected workplaces and how our members, community partners, and guests are responding to the changes. Here are a few takeaways from our conversation:
- Proactive communication with empathy to ensure people know they are understanding of the various emotions and realities currently present.
- Weekly Q&A meetings because more than ever people want to feel informed.
- Keeping as many employees working from home as possible and practical.
- Evaluating technology use and how to leverage this time for training, thinking of new avenues of communication, and new ways to solve problems.
- Reassessing current methodologies and processes as well as partnerships to ensure they are leveraging best possible resources and tools.
- Many companies are on a skeleton crew and want to ensure the safety and wellbeing of employees and families.
- Peter Legnos, President of LBI, is seeking volunteers to sew masks they are cutting with a CNC machine.
- CCAT working with UTC P&W to make shields with additive technology, as well as with Skyre to investigate use of their O2 generator for respirators.
- Hitachi is working with GM to manufacture ventilator components.
- Munger Construction is finishing a renovation for a veterinarian that may be used as a medical triage for a nearby hospital, if necessary, before they reopen for their four-legged clients.
Other Comments and Observations
- The aerospace industry is experiencing a slowdown with a drop in travel. There is an opportunity to transition the aerospace supply chain workforce to the submarine industrial base.
- Electric Boat is still working. They have reached out to Hitachi with a warehousing request.
- It was acknowledged that trying to get new customers at this time can be uncomfortable, but also that companies need to procure products and services from others in order to operate and succeed, and these business interactions are a key element to our rebounding economy.
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Katie Arrington Offers Updates on Pentagon’s CMMC Program
GovConWire, March 31, 2020
Katie Arrington, chief information security officer for acquisition at the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 award winner, told Government Matters in an interview posted Sunday about the creation of standards that third-party assessment organizations will use to evaluate and certify contractors under DoD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.
Arrington said DoD and the accreditation body training working group have been working with Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University and other institutions to develop the training that is standardized for all the C3PAOs and individual auditors that will come through assessments.
Rhode Island Small Businesses: Here’s What You Qualify for in the CARES Act
Rhode Island Monthly, March 31, 2020
Small business owners and private nonprofit leaders in Rhode Island, did you know: You can apply for a $10,000 economic relief grant — read: you don’t have to pay it back — and get the money within three days? Or you can get up to eight weeks of payroll loans forgiven by the federal government? Congress’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes immediate and long-term assistance for small businesses across the nation. Read on to see if you qualify.
Connecticut Port Authority Secures Use of More Land in New London
The Day, March 31, 2020
The Connecticut Port Authority on Tuesday announced it plans to lease a 5-acre parcel of railroad property adjacent to State Pier that will expand the port’s footprint in New London.
State Pier is the future site of a massive $157 million upgrade project, in part to accommodate a wind turbine staging area for partners Ørsted and Eversource.
Since the offshore wind industry does not require rail service, the port authority has said that in return for the lease, it will help facilitate use of the rail further upriver at the site of a newly proposed pier facility envisioned by Mohawk Northeast Inc., a heavy civil construction and engineering company with operations in New London and Groton.
FBI Re-Sends Alert about Supply Chain Attacks for the Third Time in Three Months
ZD Net, March 31, 2020
The FBI has issued an alert on Monday about state-sponsored hackers using the Kwampirs malware to attack supply chain companies and other industry sectors as part of a global hacking campaign.
This marks the third alert about this particular group sent this year, in as many months, after the FBI sent alerts on January 6 and February 5.
This time around, the FBI highlighted that some of the group’s targets are organizations in the healthcare industry, currently grappling with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Partnering With the U.S. Defense Industrial Base to Combat COVID-19
US Department of Defense, March 28, 2020
Statement attributed to Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, Department of Defense spokesman:
“The Department continues to aggressively partner with the defense industry to mitigate impacts from the COVID-19 national emergency.
Under Secretary of Defense Ellen Lord’s Acquisition and Sustainment leaders in Industrial Policy, Defense Pricing and Contracting, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Defense Contracting Management Agency (DCMA) continue to work closely with the military services, the Hill and State Governors to make significant progress supporting the whole of government effort to combat COVID-19.
This week DLA modified an existing contract for the procurement of 8,000 ventilators from four vendors worth an estimated $84.4 million. This will be a time-phased delivery over the next several months and we expect orders to begin shipment within the next few days, with 1400 being delivered by early May. Delivery locations will be determined by FEMA.
In addition, DLA’s support to the Navy’s hospital ships, the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy, includes over $2 million in pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, 975,000 gallons of fuel, as well as food and repair parts. These New York City and Los Angeles deployments respectively will help local medical systems by helping alleviate strain on civilian medical infrastructure.
How to Find Capital to Save Your Business During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Hartford Business Journal, March 30, 2020
As the new normal of social distancing sets in, small businesses, the 30-million strong that employ 47% of the U.S. workforce, must find a way out. … Capital is the respirator to revive small businesses as they prepare for life after COVID-19. Every small business that has been impacted by COVID-19 should apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Assistance (EIDA) now. This program can provide up to $2 million to a business as a direct loan from the government to pay vendors, employees and other bills. Expect it to take at least a month to get approved and funded, due to the volume of applications.
SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Process Updated
The SBA has updated it’s disaster assistance loan process for those of you who are interested in applying for small business loans under this program to help those affected by COVID-19.
Large Scale Exercise 2020 Will Be Postponed Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Concerns
USNI News, March 25, 2020
The Navy has postponed its Large Scale Exercise 2020, an event conceived of by the last chief of naval operations as the first real opportunity to execute Distributed Maritime Operations and re-orient the fleet towards advanced operations in support of the National Defense Strategy.
The exercise was postponed until 2021 as the Navy and the joint force deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, both trying to keep the fleet healthy as well as contributing to whole-of-government efforts around the country.
“After careful consideration, Large-Scale Exercise 2020, planned to be executed this summer, is postponed until 2021 in a joint decision made by U.S. Fleet Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and U.S. Naval Forces Europe,” a Fleet Forces spokesperson told USNI News.
Coronavirus Threatens 35,000 US Wind Jobs; Lockdowns Cut Power Demand, Shift Loads
New Energy Update, March 25, 2020
US wind industry calls for coronavirus aid to limit job cuts
US wind, solar and hydro industry groups have called on Congress to extend tax credit deadlines for renewable energy projects to prevent mass job losses from the coronavirus pandemic.
On March 25, the U.S. Senate reached a deal on a $2 billion coronavirus aid package to rescue the economy, the third introduced by the Trump administration. Details of the package were not yet published at 12:00 GMT.
Supply chain delays following the COVID-19 outbreak is putting 25 GW of wind projects at risk, representing $43 billion of investments, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said in a statement March 19. This is jeopardizing 35,000 jobs across wind manufacturing, installation and servicing, it said.
INSIGHT: New DoD Cybersecurity Certification Holds Key to Contracts
Bloomburg Law, March 23, 2020
Cybersecurity attacks represent a real threat to our national security and the defense industrial base. To combat these threats, the Department of Defense recently released Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification v1.0—a conspicuous change in how cybersecurity will be viewed in the performance of DoD government contracts.
Cybersecurity will no longer be viewed primarily as an element of contract performance. Rather, once CMMC is fully implemented, third-party certified and mature cybersecurity practices and processes will be foundational in contracting with the DoD—without the appropriate CMMC certification, contractors will not be considered for contract awards.
CMMC certification will represent contractors’ ticket to get into the game. Without that ticket, contractors will not have a chance to compete for and win DoD contracts.
Employment Law Letter – COVID-19 Resources
NMC Member Shipman & Goodwin shares a good amount of employment law information on their Employment Law Letter. They’ve recently posted great articles to help you navigate this challenging time.
For the last 40 years, Employment Law Letter has been published quarterly as a service to clients and friends by Shipman & Goodwin’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. The firm is pleased to announce the launch of this website which features the long standing publication along with timely updates relating to Labor and Employment Law.
COVID-19 Connecticut Business Survey
Please complete this survey at your convenience. “It will help direct the response from the CT Governor’s office and CT state Department of Economic and Community Development in conjunction with AdvanceCT and CBIA.”
R.I. Charity Fund Established, Business Loans, Telephone Triage, Microsoft Program Available
Westerly Sun, March 18, 2020
Help is on the way for Rhode Island businesses struggling amid the widening coronavirus pandemic even as Gov. Gina Raimondo complained that the federal government needed to do a better job of supporting the states’ efforts to cope with the outbreak.
Raimondo and other officials announced Tuesday a new fund to support local nonprofits serving vulnerable populations.
Small businesses will also be able to tap into federal disaster relief loans, and Microsoft is offering free software so residents can work from home. The state has 23 positive cases, and 2,500 people have been instructed to self-quarantine.
The Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island said Tuesday they’ve raised $1.5 million for their COVID-19 Response Fund.
Worcester, North Central Chambers Offer Help to Businesses Affected by Coronavirus
Telegram.com, March 17, 2020
Area chambers of commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state are offering assistance to businesses adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday afternoon that the chamber is offering services to members and nonmembers in Greater Worcester.
“While the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is a member-based entity with a primary focus on meeting the needs of those approximately 2,100 dues-paying organizations, we recognize our mission is also about advocating for the broader needs of the business community as it relates to economic development and job creation in Central Massachusetts,” President and CEO Timothy P. Murray said.
“As we collectively seek to navigate the many challenges presented by COVID-19, if there are any businesses that have questions or need assistance, whether chamber members or not, our staff is available to provide information and/or assistance to you as needed. By working with our government and health care partners, we will get through this together,” Murray said.
For more information about chamber services, contact Alex Guardiola, director of government affairs and public policy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (508) 753-2924, ext. 222.
Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut Businesses Approved to Receive Disaster Assistance Due to COVID-19
Hamlet Hub, March 17, 2020
Governor Ned Lamont yesterday announced that small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Connecticut that have been negatively impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak are now eligible for disaster relief loans of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
On Sunday, the governor submitted a request to the federal agency for expedited approval of the disaster relief to immediately provide aid to businesses in Connecticut. Over the past several days, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has been working diligently to survey companies statewide to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the small business community and the local economy.
Important Resources for Workers During COVID-19 Challenges
Plus: Feds approve CT’s request for Disaster Loan Assistance for Small Businesses
Paul Formica’s email newsletter, March 17, 2020
ASSISTANCE FOR WORKERS
The CT Department of Labor now has important information on unemployment benefits and frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 on their website at www.ctdol.state.ct.us/DOLCOVIDFAQ.PDF. More help available at filectui.com. This includes information for workers and information employers can share with their employees.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved CT’s request asking the federal agency to issue a declaration that will enable Connecticut’s small business owners to receive economic injury disaster loans. Small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Connecticut that have been negatively impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak are now eligible for disaster relief loans of up to $2 million from the SBA.
Small businesses can learn more about the program and apply for financial assistance at www.sba.gov/disaster or call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955.
Read full update from Paul Formica’s newsletter here.
U.S. Military Allies want to Participate in Pentagon’s Latest Cyber Security, Information Warfare Standards
Military & Aerospace Electronics, March 16, 2020
The Cyber Security Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 1.0, released in January, is a tiered cyber security framework that grades companies on a scale of one to five based on the level of classification and security that necessary for the work they are performing.
These standards were designed not only to set a level playing field for contractors, but also to increase the cyber security of companies that possess sensitive secrets tied to the Pentagon programs they work on.
The U.S., its allies, and partners find themselves involved in a daily high-stakes information warfare battle against sophisticated actors such as China and Russia, which have discovered that defense companies that support the military are juicy targets.
DoD Under Secretary Ellen Lord Warns Contractors of CMMC Fraudsters
MeriTalk, March 16, 2020
The Department of Defense (DoD) released the final version of its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) in January 2020, but without certification processes in place, third-party entities are offering fraudulent CMMCs to contractors interested in working with the department.
The guidance, which aims to certify DoD contractors’ cybersecurity practices and bolster supply chain security, is not required to be implemented for requests for information until June 2020 and for requests for proposals until September 2020. Lord explained that the CMMC third-party assessment organization has not yet been finalized and, therefore, no third-party entity has the ability to grant CMMCs.
Northeast Governors From Connecticut, New York, New Jersey Announce Collective Measures to Combat Spread of COVID-19
Office of the Governor, March 16, 2020
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, and Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey today announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus – or COVID-19 – throughout the tri-state area.
These uniform standards will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people effective 8PM tonight. This follows updated guidance that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued yesterday recommending the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more.
The three governors also announced that restaurants and bars that serve food will temporarily be required to move to take-out and delivery services only. Bars that do not serve food will be required to temporarily close. These measures will take effect at 8PM tonight.
Finally, the three governors said they will temporarily close movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers, and similar public workout facilities and studios. New York and New Jersey will close commercial casinos effective at 8PM tonight. Governor Lamont will do the same for the state’s physical off-track betting facilities, noting their willingness to voluntarily close. In addition, Governor Lamont and Governor Cuomo are strongly urging their tribal partners to close tribal casinos.
This uniform approach to social distancing is meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
Coast Guard Struggling to Get Ships Repaired as Navy Expands Use of Smaller Yards
USNI, March 16, 2020
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Coast Guard is struggling to get ship repair yards to bid on its work as the Navy is leaning on more of these same companies to help dig out of its own ship maintenance backlog – and with the Navy contracts being larger and more lucrative, the Coast Guard is realizing it must “change the way we do business,” its engineering official said.
Pentagon, Navy Issue Sweeping ‘Stop Movement’ Order to Limit Coronavirus Spread
USNI News, March 15, 2020
Pentagon leadership issued unprecedented travel restrictions to servicemembers, their dependents and military civilians and in an attempt to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus across the services.
The “stop movement” order from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper goes into effect on Monday and freezes almost all government-funded movement to the local commuting area of a service member’s command until May 11.
Greentown Labs and Vineyard Wind Launch the Offshore Wind Challenge to Accelerate Technologies that Protect Marine Life
Vineyard Wind, March 12, 2020
Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in North America, and Vineyard Wind, developer of the first utility-scale offshore wind energy generation facility in the United States, are now accepting applications for the Offshore Wind Challenge. Greentown Labs and Vineyard Wind are seeking submissions from startups that are innovating in marine mammal monitoring, either surrounding data collection and real-time transmission or data analysis.
The Offshore Wind Challenge is a six-month accelerator program housed at Greentown Labs in Somerville, Mass., and is focused on fast-tracking entrepreneurs with the mentors and business and technical resources they need to launch or scale successful ventures with direct support from Vineyard Wind. The Offshore Wind Challenge is for startups with a technology readiness level between three and six and a proof of concept that can be brought to a state of practice. The Challenge will be supported by experts from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the New England Aquarium.
Another Successful and Informative SUBASE NLON Tour with NMC Members
Once again, Mark Jones of the Naval Submarine Base New London led NMC members on an informative and entertaining tour of the SUBASE. Several members shared that they have worked with EB and the DoD for years but had never seen the areas we were able to share with them during the tour. We had a delicious lunch at the Galley and enjoyed a beautiful day despite not being able to ride a boat due to the current status of the SUBASE.
We have 3 spots remaining for the June 2020 Members-Only tour, so please sign up by emailing us if you are interested in reserving your spot. We will reach out in mid-May to begin collecting information for your background check. Please remember that all attendees must be American citizens.
To keep up with events and closures on base, you can visit their FaceBook page.
Are You Familiar with the SBIR / STTR Programs?
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs. ~https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sbir
The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations. ~https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sttr
While we normally reserve events for our event space, we want to ensure you are familiar these programs as a valuable tool for small businesses. On March 26th, we are hosting an SBIR Workshop during which Sonalysts’ COO and President, and NMC Board Member, will lead you through tips and strategies they implemented to make the most of the time between the topics being issued the proposals being due. If you are interested in the SBIR / STTR program, come to this free workshop. It is not an overview of the program but a chance to learn how to respond to the topics in an effective and efficient way.
NMC March Newsletter eMailed Today
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Eco RI News, March 3, 2020
PROVIDENCE — A new glass-and-steel office space is less about the number jobs or the company that will occupy it and more about the industry taking root there.
Seven co-working desks at the Wexford Innovation Center on Dyer Street in the Jewelry District will soon be used by Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind. The Danish company is joining seven other wind-related companies already there. And judging by the 200 or so attendees at the March 2 office opening, a nascent industry is on the verge of rapid growth.
“This is a brand-new industry and it’s being born right here in the state of Rhode Island. It’s unbelievable,” Gov. Gina Raimondo said.
Twenty-two gigawatts of wind facilities are planned for federal waters between Maine and North Carolina, and undoubtedly a lot of engineers, tradespeople, boatbuilders, and more will be needed to get the turbines built and spinning.
Stony Creek Networking Evening Pictures
We’ve been receiving great feedback about the NMC Networking Evening at Stony Creek featuring Pat Munger Construction. If you didn’t send Shell feedback yet, please respond to her email so we can ensure your voice is heard. We enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing about great networking opportunities that were created when we gathered you together in one place with great beer and food. Stay tuned for future events like this and be sure to sign up for the March 26th SBIR workshop, which is our next opportunity for members, community partners, and guests to get together!
Rep. Courtney Questions Navy Officials Over Virginia-Class Submarine Reduction in 2021 Budget
Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, today questioned Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Michael M. Gilday about the Navy’s 2021 budget request, which included a reduction in Virginia-class production next year from two submarines to one.
“In this year’s submission, you’ve got two salvage ships. We need them, they’re important, but let’s face it: the [operational plans] for our near-peer competitors, China and Russia, the attack submarines are really the tip of the spear in terms of what we need out there. And cutting that Virginia-class sub […] is at-odds with the National Defense Strategy when you drill down in terms of what real lethality is.”
February Events Announcement E-Mailed February 11th
Did you see our latest events announcement? We sent them via email to all members and email subscribers on February 11th. Please check your email and be sure to put us in your contacts. This email shares all of our February and March events so you can join us this month and plan ahead for March! For ease, we’ve included the two events for this month below along with a link to the online version of the newsletter that includes more detail.
Connecticut Port Authority Approves Revised Wind Energy Plan for State Pier in New London
HARTFORD — The Connecticut Port Authority unanimously approved a $157 million plan to reconfigure State Pier for use by offshore wind companies following discussions during two closed executive sessions at a special meeting Tuesday morning.
David Kooris, chair of the authority, said the plan was “fundamentally different” from the $93 million memorandum of understanding announced by the State of Connecticut, Gateway Terminal, Ørsted and Eversource on May 2, 2019.
Like the original project, the new facility will have heavy-lift capacity needed for offshore wind components, but will also include three berths designed not to conflict with Cross Sound Ferry’s routes along the southern side of the pier, including one on the eastern side of the pier that will accommodate larger vessels.
Under the new agreement, Ørsted and Eversource will pay $77.5 million in construction costs, which includes $22.5 million previously committed in the Revolution Wind project. The State of Connecticut and the Connecticut Port Authority will fund the remaining $79.5 million with $25.5 million that the state bonded for the authority previously and additional bond funding. As with the first agreement, Ørsted and Eversource will sign a 10-year lease, but will pay $2 million annually over ten years.
Halvordson Weighs in on Addition of Offshore Wind to Region’s Submarine Supply Chain
CT Examiner, Feb 8, 2020
GROTON — Opportunities for Connecticut-based companies in the supply chain that services the undersea and maritime industries are increasing now that offshore wind has entered the market, according to Ali Halvordson executive director of the Naval and Maritime Consortium.
“The offshore wind supply chain is very immature in this country. It’s growing and we want to attract it as much [and] as early as possible from Europe,” said Halvordson in her office at UConn Avery Point on Feb. 4.
The consortium, formed in 2017, was originally known as the Connecticut Undersea Supply Chain Consortium and focused on the submarine industry, but that changed recently to include offshore wind, given the overlap of supply chains for the two industries.
“It just made a lot of sense in our overarching vision, as well to help companies diversify their portfolios beyond defense. It’s a lot of the same technology, a lot of the same goods and services on the commercial side,” she said.
HII CEO: $350M Deal for UUV Maker Hydroid Keeps Shipbuilder In Line With Navy Demand
USNI News, February 4, 2020,
Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries is making a major move into the unmanned underwater vehicle business in buying UUV-maker Hydroid, HII CEO Mike Petters told USNI News.
The $350-million deal to acquire the Massachusetts-based UUV maker from Norwegian company Kongsberg sets up HII to compete in the emerging U.S. military UUV market, Petters told USNI News in a Tuesday interview following the announcement of the deal.
“The UUV space is a space that we believe is only going to grow in importance. In my personal view, it’s not going to be a replacement for anything, it’s going to be an augmentation to the Navy’s traditional missions and operations,” he said.
The NMC and Ali Halvordson, Executive Director of the NMC, Nominated for 2020 CTEntreprenuer Awards
Congratulations to our Consortium as an entity, which has been nominated for Program of the Year, and to our own Ali Halvordson, who has been nominated for CTEntreprenuer’s Community Builder of the Year!
Ali and the Board of Directors are honored and thankful for these nominations. They have put much effort into building a great community here at NMC and ensuring 2020 is set up for success in growing the organization as well as developing ideas to bring maximum value to our members.
Ørsted and Eversource Partner with Groton, Conn. Maritime Automation Technology
North American Clean Energy, January 30, 2020
Joint venture partners Ørsted and Eversource announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Groton-based marine automation and monitoring innovator ThayerMahan. ThayerMahan is a pioneer in the marine robotics and maritime surveillance industry and the MOU will explore the provision of maritime wildlife monitoring and seabed surveillance services for Ørsted and Eversource’s upcoming Revolution Wind offshore wind project.
“When we started looking at growing the offshore wind industry in Connecticut, one of the most important factors was ensuring we are setting up in an area with some of the best innovators and most skilled workforce in the world. Offshore wind is part of the next generation of green energy and green technology, and we need partners who are the best in their industry,” said CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind Thomas Brostrøm. “The people at ThayerMahan are remarkable inventors, and their technology will help us reduce any disruption offshore wind might have on North Atlantic marine life and the local fishing fleets.”
“In addition to the hundreds of well-paying, local jobs that will be required to construct our Revolution Wind project, utilizing local partners like ThayerMahan will be critical to the overall success of our projects in Connecticut and beyond,” said Eversource Vice President of Business Development Mike Auseré. “We look forward to working with ThayerMahan to bring our Revolution Wind project to life and advance Connecticut’s clean energy economy and achieve its aggressive climate goals.”
ThayerMahan is an NMC member.
Marine Construction Firm Envisions Expansion, New Pier in New London
The Day, January 24, 2020
New London — Mohawk Northeast Inc., a heavy civil construction and engineering company that operates a marine services division in Groton, is contemplating an ambitious expansion project in New London that would boost use of the city’s waterfront.
The Plantsville-based company recently purchased three acres of land off Lewis Street on the Thames River adjacent to State Pier that a century ago was the site of the Thames River Lumber Company, a thriving lumber yard complete with a pier for offloading ships carrying wood.
The site, just north of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge, now features a collection of warehouse buildings that Mohawk had been leasing for the past several years and uses for storage of vehicles, equipment and material. Public records show the company, under the name West Bank Properties LLC, purchased the site, listed as 18 Eastern Ave., for $2 million from Eastern Avenue Properties.
Under plans in the early conceptual stage, Mohawk imagines a bulkhead to expand use of the shoreline, a staging area, railroad spur, and a 100-foot-by-400-foot pier — enough space to dock barges and other vessels for repairs or offloading equipment and bulk materials. The parcel offers water access and straddles the rail line, making the site an optimal place to use both the waterway and freight rail for its marine construction operations, said J. David Schill, Mohawk’s vice president of special projects and business development.
Mohawk Northeast Inc. is a member of the NMC. David Schill serves on our Board of Directors.
The New Directions in Environmental Law 10th Annual Conference – February 7 & 8
The NDEL 2020 Conference will highlight the innovative work that states and local actors have undertaken to address the climate crisis in the absence of strong federal leadership. While the Trump Administration has undone environmental regulations, attempted to prevent states from implementing environmental policies, and withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement, states and local actors have taken charge. Across the country, states, cities and other local actors are at the cutting-edge of climate crisis solutions. NDEL 2020 will bring together these diverse actors to discuss successful strategies that can serve as examples for other states and for the next Administration.
The conference speakers will cover a wide range of exciting environmental law and policy topics. Panels include: Climate Change Litigation, Rights of Nature, Labor and Climate Organizing, State Coalitions for Climate Action, Climate and Sustainable Agriculture, Energy and Just Transition, Climate Mitigation, and Climate Adaptation.
Best of 2019: Connecticut Looks for a Future in its Manufacturing Past
Connecticut Mirror, December 25, 2019
North Haven — An aerospace executive was introduced Monday by Gov. Ned Lamont as Connecticut’s first chief manufacturing officer, a private-sector voice inside a state administration that says manufacturing is resuming its role as an engine of growth after a quarter-century of wrenching change and loss.
The appointment of Colin Cooper, 59, an entrepreneur, executive and former design engineer credited with the tenfold growth of an Eastford aerospace supplier, the Whitcraft Group, comes as Connecticut is facing a welcome challenge — filling advanced manufacturing jobs available due to modest growth and a coming “silver tsunami” of retirements.
Aerospace companies alone have 1,000 job openings, and the state’s major manufacturers and smaller supply-chain players have locked in major roles in the next generation of aircraft, jet engines and associated products needed by commercial and defense customers, Cooper said.
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