Defense Business Briefing -- Sept. 10, 2019

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

This week's top story

SAIC CEO says partnership with Polaris marks 'pivot' in company’s approach to vehicles

Science Applications International Corp.'s partnership with Polaris to pursue the Army Infantry Squad Vehicle program demonstrates the company's new "posture and position," according to SAIC's chief executive.

News & notes

Pentagon seeks feedback on draft version of new contractor cybersecurity standards

The Pentagon is seeking feedback on a draft version of new cybersecurity standards defense contractors will have to start following next year.

Raytheon protesting Ship Self-Defense System award to Lockheed Martin

Raytheon last week filed a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office over a recent contract award to Lockheed Martin for a combat system outfitted on Navy ships.

Tyndall AFB to hold industry day on reconstruction efforts

Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, will host its third industry day Sept. 12 to update partners and local community members about ongoing reconstruction efforts.

AeroVironment reports improved sales

AeroVironment said sales in its most recent quarter reached $86.9 million, up 11% from the same three-month period a year earlier.

PAE-Parsons contests government's effort to dismiss LOGCAP V case

In a new filing, a PAE-Parsons team is pushing back against the U.S. government's effort to dismiss its case protesting the LOGCAP V awards.

Federal Claims Court dismisses SpaceX LSA challenge on lack of jurisdiction

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has dismissed SpaceX's challenge of the Air Force's Launch Services Agreement award decision, finding the company's complaint does not fall within its jurisdiction and directing the case to be transferred to a California District Court.

Appointments & promotions

Cubic hires LaRoche

Cubic said its mission solutions unit has named retired Rear Adm. Brian LaRoche chief operating officer.

Mattis joins Cohen Group

Consulting firm the Cohen Group announced this week that retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis will join as a senior counselor next month.

Exelon taps former CNO Richardson for board of directors

Utilities company Exelon announced it has appointed former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson to its board of directors.

What's happening

The week ahead

Congress returns to session this week and senior defense officials are scheduled to speak around the Washington area.

For Inside Defense subscribers

New Pentagon initiatives seek to overcome entrenched supply chain security concerns

Federal officials are injecting a sense of urgency into multiple initiatives to more effectively secure the Defense Department's expansive supply chain from cyber threats, as one official warned the issue is nearing a "tipping point."

Air Force concerned about integration, staffing of separate space AQ office

The Air Force's top civilian acquisition official said he's concerned a congressional proposal to create a separate acquisition executive for space could limit efforts to better integrate air and space capabilities.