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Defense Contractors|Must Plan for Disasters

WASHINGTON (CN) - Defense contracts providing essential services to the military now must include a detailed plan to ensure that the services continue during a crisis, according to an emergency rule by the Defense Department.

The rule, which is already in effect, requires that the contractor identify how it will acquire personnel and resources to function for "up to 30 days or until normal operations can be resumed," under conditions which may include a blizzard, a hurricane, or a pandemic that repeats in waves.

The "functional commander" at the time of a crisis will determine which services in the contract are essential and must be performed.

Services that are essential would be mission-critical, such as support of ships, installations and bases, and "similar services provided to foreign military sales customers under the Security Assistance Program."

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