Statement from Matthew T. Cornelius, Executive Director of the Alliance for Digital Innovation
The Alliance for Digital Innovation (ADI) congratulates Congress on passage of H.R. 6395, the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA).
This year’s NDAA contains numerous provisions that will spur tremendous innovation and improved outcomes in the Department of Defense’s (DOD) acquisition processes, enhance both DOD and Federal civilian agency cybersecurity, and speed the adoption and use of critical emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and commercial space capabilities that will strengthen both our national security and DOD operations. In addition, the final bill creates or extends important programs to support cutting-edge small businesses in the defense industrial base, ensures easier access to free top-tier training in leading IT products and services which will enhance the effectiveness of the DOD workforce, and promote the use of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) solutions that support the warfighter and help achieve critical DOD mission outcomes.
ADI looks forward to partnering with DOD to help the Department achieve the numerous requirements and directives in the NDAA that will enhance mission readiness, spur innovation and the adoption of commercial capabilities that empower the military departments, and support the resiliency and security of our nation’s critical assets. We strongly encourage the President to swiftly sign this vital legislation that passed by overwhelming bipartisan margins in both the House and Senate.