Defense Business Briefing -- July 12, 2022

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

This week's top story

Army's FLRAA decision set to shake up rotorcraft industry

The Army's upcoming choice on the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft is poised to create cascading effects throughout the U.S. defense business, shaping the futures of three industry titans and thousands of suppliers at a time when close observers of the industrial base are raising alarms about its health.

News & notes

Industry wants more direction from DOD on JADC2

Defense industry executives say they want to get more direction from the Pentagon on how to approach the military-wide Joint All-Domain Command and Control effort, citing a lack of mission threads that have led companies to attempt to independently assess what's needed.

DOD space official wants more work for non-traditional vendors

While work is ongoing to lower barriers, Defense Department officials "need to do better" to help non-traditional vendors overcome obstacles like overclassification and the "Valley of Death,” especially when it comes to space acquisitions, according to a top Pentagon official.

MARTAC USVs beginning next set of missions in 5th Fleet

MARTAC's unmanned surface vessels will begin a new set of missions in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in the next few days, according to the company's chief executive officer.

Lawmakers propose defense policy changes to boost innovation, commercial partnerships

Ahead of the House debate next week on the fiscal year 2023 defense policy bill, lawmakers have proposed a series of bipartisan amendments designed to bolster innovation and partnerships with nontraditional defense contractors.

DOD memo to kick off voluntary assessments under upcoming cyber certification program

The Defense Department is getting closer to finalizing details on the process for contractors to obtain a cyber certification ahead of the effort's formal launch in May 2023, which will include a memo from Pentagon officials to establish a "joint surveillance program" where assessment organizations and DOD officials work together to complete voluntary examinations.

Manufacturing institute MxD releases CMMC playbook to help small business reach level one compliance

MxD, a public-private partnership funded by the Defense Department, has published a CMMC playbook to help manufacturing companies meet level one requirements in the Pentagon’s cyber certification program.

Defense, aerospace execs call for delaying R&D tax change in microelectronics bill

Defense industrial leaders are calling on lawmakers to use legislation aiming to bolster microelectronics production as a vehicle for delaying a research and development tax change that executives say "will stifle American manufacturing and innovation investment."

Appointments & promotions

Lynn joins Valiant as general counsel

Valiant Integrated Services announced today that Sarah Lynn has been named the company's general counsel and secretary.

What's happening

The week ahead

The House is set to debate its version of the fiscal year 2023 defense authorization bill this week.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Lockheed 'Skunk Works' chief outlines vision for manned-unmanned teaming with 'expendable' systems

The new head of Lockheed Martin's "Skunk Works" team says the company has begun fleshing out its approach to the future of aerial warfare -- manned-unmanned teaming, with plans for a "distributed concept" that would join a variety of aircraft in the skies enabled by artificial intelligence and machine autonomy, especially lower-end, more "expendable" assets.

'A living document': Classified JADC2 implementation plan to see updates going forward

The Pentagon's recently completed, classified plan for implementing a military-wide internet of things through Joint All-Domain Command and Control will see continued updates as officials work to incorporate real-time changes stemming in part from an evolving threat landscape.