Defense Business Briefing -- Dec. 11, 2018

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

This week's top story

Oracle takes protest against military's JEDI cloud project to Court of Federal Claims

Oracle America has taken the next step in challenging the Pentagon's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud solicitation, filing suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims after the Government Accountability Office dismissed the company's arguments last month.

News & notes

Harris says it will spend more than one-third of its IRAD budget in Florida

Harris Corp. said it plans to spend more than $125 million in internal research and development this fiscal year in Florida.

SAIC reports sales, profit growth

Science Applications International Corp. said sales in its most recent quarter hit $1.2 billion, up 3 percent from the same three-month period the prior year.

Maxar downsizes SSL presence in Palo Alto

Maxar Technologies said it has sold one of its buildings in Palo Alto, CA, for $70 million.

As programs grow, Lockheed pursues new talent

The surge of new aerospace and defense work means Lockheed Martin must look beyond simply recruiting from competitors and must attract new employees to the industry, according to Jeff Babione, the general manager of the company's Skunk Works unit.

Appointments & promotions

Lockheed names new CFO

Lockheed Martin announced Kenneth Possenriede has been appointed as the company's new chief financial officer.

Maxar announces Hascall's retirement

Maxar Technologies said its chief operations officer will retire at the end of the year.

Northrop Grumman promotes Ryan

Northrop Grumman said it has named Lucy Ryan corporate vice president of communications, effective Jan. 1.

SAIC to add Engility board members Kerko, McFarland

Science Applications International Corp. said David Kerko and Katrina McFarland would become members of its board of directors once the company's planned acquisition of Engility closes.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to appear around the Washington area this week as discussions continue about the fiscal year 2020 defense budget.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Dunford implores Google: 'We're the good guys'

The Pentagon's highest ranking officer said it's "inexplicable" commercial technology companies wouldn't want to work with the U.S. military.

DOD taking 'layered approach' to addressing cyber vulnerabilities in weapon systems, infrastructure

The Defense Department is carrying out congressionally mandated reviews of cyber vulnerabilities in its major weapon systems and critical infrastructure through a layered approach involving multiple agencies and teams, according to a joint staff official.