Defense Business Briefing -- Jan. 9, 2024

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

This week's top story

DOD selects new Defense Industrial Base Consortium management organization

The Defense Department awarded Advanced Technology International a contract on Dec. 31 to act as the Defense Industrial Base Consortium Management Organization, which will help the DIBC expand its member base.

News & notes

After fumbling first SPY-6 production competition, Navy readies new FY-26 contest

The Navy -- which failed to draw more than a single bid during its inaugural $3.2 billion air-and-missile-defense radar production competition -- is readying a follow-on contest for the SPY-6 family of radars likely worth billions of dollars that appears to reflect a lesson learned from the initial acquisition stumble.

Pentagon lays out policies for Cyber AB in proposed rule with details on assessor requirements, ethics policies

The Pentagon's proposed rule to implement the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program details the role, expectations and tasks for the accreditation body responsible for building out on the major Defense Department initiative's assessment ecosystem.

DOD issues memorandum detailing FedRAMP equivalency requirements for CMMC program

The Defense Department has issued a memorandum on equivalency for cloud service offerings between the General Services Administration's Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program and the Pentagon's cyber certification program.

Promotions & appointments

SAIC hires new PR chief

SAIC announced it has hired Kara Gerhardt Ross to serve as the company's chief public relations executive.

What's happening

The week ahead

Lawmakers return to Washington without a final spending bill for fiscal year 2024 in place, and a major Navy industry symposium takes place this week.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Modernization the goal as Army aims to downsize Black Hawk fleet

As the Army lays out a plan to downsize its Black Hawk helicopter fleet by 157 of the oldest aircraft, the service says it is with the end goal of balancing modernization and readiness.

MDA cleared to re-purpose Hawaii Homeland Defense Radar on Guam, dodging four-year delay

The Defense Department can now re-purpose a homeland defense radar for Guam after the Senate dropped its opposition to the move, lending speed to the project to improve air- and missile defenses of the Western Pacific U.S. territory. The radar was originally purchased for Hawaii but never emplaced due to local opposition over the size and impact of the large sensor.