With President Barack Obama poised to tap the chief of the U.S. Navy's cybersecurity efforts -- Vice Adm. Michael Rogers -- as the new head of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, the Pentagon is spearheading a series of purchasing reforms designed to address potential vulnerabilities in military equipment acquired from contractors. One feature of the new guidelines, issued jointly with the General Services Administration, would set a series of baseline cybersecurity guidelines for third-party contractors, subcontractors and suppliers and require the U.S. military to buy computer parts only from OEMs or their authorized resellers.

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