Welcome to today's Defense Business Briefing, your weekly roundup of the latest defense industry news.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Army will host an industry day Aug. 30 on a new shoulder-launched munition that will combine anti-armor and anti-structure roles.
HII announced a leadership re-shuffling within its Newport News Shipbuilding division.
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.
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.
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.