Defense Business Briefing -- Oct. 22, 2019

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

This week's top story

GAO backs Army in LOGCAP V advisory opinion

In a new advisory opinion, the Government Accountability Office said it has no basis to object to the Army's actions in the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, better known as LOGCAP V.

News & notes

Industry coalition calls for 'annual certification' in federal ban on China-based IT products

A coalition of industry groups is urging the Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA to revise a federal acquisition rule issued this summer that bans the government from purchasing IT and video surveillance products from China, calling for an "annual certification" process to assist small businesses as well as other steps to make those requirements more specific.

SAIC CEO: Platform work disrupted the market

Though Science Applications International Corp. has changed its platform strategy, the company's pursuit of recent vehicle programs, from the Amphibious Combat Vehicle to Mobile Protected Firepower, disrupted the market, according to SAIC's chief executive.

Textron CEO says response to FARA offering has been 'very positive'

Textron's Bell unveiled its Invictus 360 offering for the Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program at the Association of the U.S. Army conference last week, and the response was "very positive," according to Textron's chief executive.

AeroVironment CEO says company remains interested in Army programs

Despite not winning spots on two Army programs, AeroVironment continues to watch the initiatives, according to the company's chief executive.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior defense officials are scheduled to appear around the Washington area this week, while several defense companies are slated to hold quarterly earnings calls.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Lord: Pentagon is 'on the brink' of acquisition transformation

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said her office is set to unveil in December "the most transformational acquisition policy change we've seen in decades."

DOD developing 'zero-trust' cloud security guidance for eventual transition to JEDI

The Defense Department is developing guidance for securely connecting national security systems and other devices to the pending Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure commercial cloud environment using a "zero trust" security framework, according to a defense official.

DOD's Arrington says cyber certification 'is happening' despite calls for go-slow approach

Defense Department Special Assistant for Cybersecurity Katie Arrington said the Pentagon's maturity model for certifying contractors based on their ability to secure data and systems is moving forward, with a revised version of the plan to be released at the beginning of November for use in contracts next year, despite calls from industry and others to slow down the implementation process.