Defense Business Briefing -- Oct. 1, 2019

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

This week's top story

L3Harris agrees to $13 million settlement following ITAR violations

L3Harris Technologies has agreed to pay $13 million to settle allegations that Harris, before the merger, violated the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

News & notes

Former OSD official joins Mercury Systems

Mercury Systems said it has named former Office of the Secretary of Defense official William Conley chief technology officer, effective Monday.

Fluor to divest government business

Fluor said it has decided to sell its government business following a strategic review.

Pentagon issues final rule on LPTA restrictions

The Defense Department issued a final rule meant to limit the use of the lowest price, technically acceptable contracting approach, according to a Federal Register notice.

Appointments & promotions

AeroVironment says Covington will depart

AeroVironment announced that Teresa Covington, the company’s chief financial officer, will resign to become CFO of another company, effective Oct. 18.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to appear at events around the Washington area this week. Congress is in recess.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Court hints at ruling against U.S. in Huawei case over briefing on 'bill of attainder' question

A federal district judge has suggested he may rule against the U.S. government in a case challenging the constitutionality of a federal ban on purchases of products by China-based tech giant Huawei, in explaining why the Justice Department needs to file an additional brief on a core question in the dispute -- the Constitution's prohibition on a "bill of attainder."

Court orders DOJ to file additional briefs defending Huawei ban

The U.S. district court for eastern Texas has ordered the Justice Department to file an additional brief in its arguments rejecting Huawei's claim that a federal ban on purchasing its products is unconstitutional, a move that comes after parties argued in court last week in a case that could determine the government's authority to counter China's cybersecurity threat.