Defense Business Briefing -- July 26, 2022

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

This week's top story

Senate lawmakers seek review of Pentagon's new M&A posture

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants the Government Accountability Office to review the Pentagon's process for considering defense industry mergers and acquisitions, a topic that has become especially controversial in recent months following the government's blocking of Lockheed Martin's proposed $4.4 billion acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne.

News & notes

New 16th Air Force commander sees collaboration as key in fight against cyberattacks

The new commander of the 16th Air Force, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kennedy, said collaboration and partnerships across the service, joint forces and with industry will be key focuses of his tenure.

Senate defense policy bill directs GAO to produce report on CMMC reciprocity

Senate Armed Services Committee leadership is asking the Government Accountability Office to "conduct an assessment on the incorporation of reciprocity" into the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, in the chamber's latest version of the fiscal year 2023 defense authorization bill.

Senate defense policy bill requires Software Bill of Materials for DOD contracts, reports on critical infrastructure

Cyber elements in the Senate version of the fiscal year 2023 defense authorization bill are mostly Defense Department-focused, including a provision to require contractors to submit a Software Bill of Materials, and new authorities for U.S. Cyber Command to play an active role in addressing critical infrastructure attacks by "foreign powers."

NIST seeks comments on controlled unclassified information publications ahead of formal update process

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a pre-draft call for comments on four publications that explain how to protect the confidentiality of sensitive government data held on nonfederal systems, which are critical to the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

Army announces next network modernization meeting with industry

The Army's next meeting to discuss network modernization efforts with industry will be held Dec. 7 and 9 in Nashville, TN, and will focus on technologies to be fielded in 2025 and 2027.

Army plans follow-up industry day for new shoulder-launched munition

The Army will host an industry day Aug. 30 on a new shoulder-launched munition that will combine anti-armor and anti-structure roles.

Appointments & promotions

HII re-shuffles Newport News Shipbuilding leadership

HII announced a leadership re-shuffling within its Newport News Shipbuilding division.

What's happening

The week ahead

Nominees for several senior defense positions are slated to testify on Capitol Hill this week, while think tankers ponder the Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Draft legislation would require funding plan for 64 Next Generation Interceptor fleet

The Pentagon would be required to draft a plan to pay for a fleet-wide replacement of the homeland defense ballistic missile inventory, according to legislation proposed by a Senate panel that would identify the price tag associated with expanding the program of record for the Next Generation Interceptor beyond 20 guided missiles to a total of 64.

Camarillo: AFC directive designed to make modernization a 'team sport'

Army policies establishing the role of Futures Command did not take the entire acquisition process into account, the service's under secretary said Wednesday, also suggesting that an earlier directive improperly subordinated civilian acquisition authority.