Defense Business Briefing -- Sept. 14, 2021

Welcome to today's Defense Business Briefing, your weekly roundup of the latest defense industry news.

This week's top story

Industry groups seek more transparency around Pentagon cyber certification program

The Defense Department needs to become more transparent over its work on the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, according to an industry letter to Pentagon leaders raising concerns over a lack of communication and other issues.

News & notes

DCMA provides details on CMMC scoping, lessons learned

The Defense Contract Management Agency's process to conduct assessments for the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is adapting to meet the needs of stakeholders, according to Defense Department official John Ellis who provided an overview on lessons learned in recent months.

DARPA solicits proposals for space-based laser comms system

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has revealed a new effort to develop a space-based laser communication system to connect proliferated low-Earth-orbit architectures.

Army releases market survey for Stryker maintenance

The Army is interested in the capability of companies besides the original manufacturer to provide logistics and maintenance support to the Stryker infantry vehicle, according to a market survey released Sept. 10.

DOD awards Lockheed three-year sustainment deal worth up to $6.6B

The Defense Department has awarded Lockheed Martin a sustainment deal worth up to $6.6 billion across three years that could lead to a future performance-based logistics contract.

Promotions & appointments

Calvelli joins Booz Allen

Booz Allen Hamilton has announced former National Reconnaissance Office Principal Deputy Director Frank Calvelli will join the company as a senior vice president within its national security business.

Boeing names Welch as head of investor relations

Boeing said it has named Matt Welch as vice president of investor relations.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior defense officials are slated to speak publicly this week about various national security issues.

For Inside Defense subscribers

GAO finds Pentagon can manage 'routine' continuing resolutions without major impact

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Pentagon can mostly manage its way through Congress' inefficient continuing resolutions without significant impacts to major defense acquisition programs.

House panel advocates major FY-22 increase for Glide Breaker hypersonic defense

House lawmakers are looking to catapult development of a "critical" technology needed to intercept maneuvering hypersonic threats at very long ranges by authorizing a nearly four-fold increase in fiscal year 2022 funding for Glide Breaker, a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency venture that the Missile Defense Agency is eyeing as part of a program to field a defense against a new class of ultra-fast maneuvering weapons.

Hicks says upcoming budget will highlight rapid experimentation push

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said Pentagon officials expect to complete several key reviews this fall poised to impact next year's defense budget, especially in terms of where modernization dollars are spent.