Defense Business Briefing -- Nov. 30, 2021

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

This week's top story

Mercury Systems buys Atlanta Micro

Mercury Systems announced it has bought Norcross, GA-based radio frequency module and component maker Atlanta Micro.

News & notes

Rheinmetall 'looking forward' to Common Tactical Truck prototyping process, competition

Rheinmetall is participating with the Army in its acquisition process for the service's next-generation heavy tactical vehicles, according to Matthew Warnick, managing director at American Rheinmetall Vehicles.

Army signals foreign-built prototypes OK for next-gen truck program

Foreign-built prototypes should be eligible for inclusion in the upcoming competition to provide a new suite of heavy tactical trucks for the Army, according to a recently released set of government responses to industry questions about the program.

Space Force conducting market research on SBSS as a service

The Space Force is considering its options for acquiring Space-Based Space Surveillance capabilities as a service and is reaching out to industry for input.

Oshkosh receives $592 million JLTV order

Oshkosh Defense has received a $592 million order for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, the Army announced Nov. 24.

Appointments & promotions

Biden to pick LaPlante for DOD acquisition chief

President Biden intends to nominate former Air Force acquisition chief Bill LaPlante to be under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, according to a White House announcement.

What's happening

The week ahead

The Senate continues work on the fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill this week, and senior DOD officials will be testifying on Capitol Hill.

For Inside Defense subscribers

DOD completes Global Posture Review intended to push resources to Indo-Pacific

Details and outcomes from the Defense Department's recently completed Global Posture Review are classified, but a senior defense official says the review, which has the support of President Biden, will ultimately give DOD the "framework" necessary to increase U.S. military presence in the Indo-Pacific region to counter China.

DOD sets plan to upgrade long-range hypersonic strike fleet every two years

The Defense Department is laying plans to upgrade its future fleet of long-range hypersonic glide vehicles as frequently as every two years, creating windows for new technology insertion as experimental capabilities prove ready for production in a bid to catch up -- and overtake -- China’s current dominance of the near-space domain.