Welcome to today's Defense Business Briefing, your weekly roundup of the latest defense industry news.
'Long, complicated and painful': Washington wrestles with strategy to boost computer chip production
When Mark Lewis walked into the Pentagon in late 2019, he thought his most important job as a leading research official would be overseeing the development of new, high-speed missiles.
Defense technology company Anduril Industries said it has acquired Area-I, a Marietta, GA-based company focused on air-launched effects.
General Atomics said earlier this month it has acquired Commonwealth Computer Research, which specializes in software engineering and data analytics.
Tyto Athene, owned by private-equity firm Arlington Capital Partners, said this month it has purchased AT&T Government Solutions, which includes AT&T's Defense Department IT professional services business.
Austal is building a steel production line at its Mobile, AL shipyard as the company positions itself to compete for the Marine Corps' Light Amphibious Warship and Navy's follow-on contract for the FFG(X) Future Frigate program.
Lockheed Martin said it has named Bridget Lauderdale, who leads its aeronautics unit's integrated fighter group, to serve as general manager of the F-35 Lightning II program, effective next week.
MITRE said it has named Keoki Jackson senior vice president and general manager of its national security sector.
Senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to speak during several virtual events this week.
The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is finalizing a new acquisition vehicle that would allow the Defense Department to place orders from technology companies to curate data sets for military AI applications.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic brought dramatic changes to American manufacturing, and naval shipbuilding was no exception.