Welcome to today's Defense Business Briefing, your weekly roundup of the latest defense industry news.
Senate lawmakers, afraid the Army might award a foreign company a sole-source contract to replace transmissions for the entire fleet of Bradley fighting vehicles, have taken steps to insulate U.S. manufacturers by proposing legislation requiring a full and open competition, Inside Defense has learned.
The Pentagon has shifted responsibility for its enterprise cloud computing initiative to the new chief information officer, as lawmakers raise questions about the acquisition strategy for the U.S. military's enterprise cloud computing program.
Lockheed Martin said it would open a new office in the Port San Antonio Project Tech complex in San Antonio, TX, as it seeks to bolster its cybersecurity presence in the area.
Mark Cherry, named to lead Boeing's Phantom Works unit last year, has reorganized the advanced technology group in an effort to have "more focused integration" with the other parts of the contractor's defense business, he told Inside Defense.
MAG Aerospace has acquired North American Surveillance Systems, which focuses on airborne special missions systems integration.
BAE Systems' U.S. business is spending on its ship repair, electronic warfare and combat vehicles facilities to prepare for an anticipated increase in Pentagon buying, according to the business' chief executive.
Science Applications International Corp. has named Christopher Donaghey senior vice president of corporate development and Tom Eldridge senior vice president of strategic development and communications, both effective immediately.
Lockheed Martin has named Bob Harward as chief executive for Lockheed Martin in the Middle East.
CACI International has appointed Debora Plunkett, a former National Security Agency official, to its board, effective July 1.
LMI has added Teresa Carlson of Amazon Web Services and Lisa Disbrow, the former Air Force under secretary, to its board of directors.
The House is expected to vote on the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill, while Senate defense appropriators take up their version of the legislation. Meanwhile, senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to speak at different events around the Washington area.
House lawmakers are pushing the Defense Department to shore up its policies on contractor cybersecurity, as Congress weighs legislative options in the wake of a hack into a Navy contractor's sensitive undersea warfare data.
Amazon Web Services, the largest commercial cloud provider in the world, sees the Defense Department as central to a federal sector that's been slow to modernize its IT infrastructure, but has just started to embrace commercial cloud technologies.
The Defense Department, alarmed at the volume of sensitive data being stolen through cyber exfiltration, is bolstering the importance of security in its acquisition programs.