Defense Business Briefing -- Oct. 16, 2018

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

This week's top story

Harris and L3 Technologies to combine in merger of equals

Harris and L3 Technologies said they have agreed to combine in an all-stock merger to create a defense contractor with about $16 billion in annual sales and about 48,000 employees.

News & notes

Harris-L3 deal would bolster company's role as prime, allow company to invest in key areas

The chief executives of Harris and L3 Technologies said their proposed merger would bolster the company's role as a prime contractor and ensure the majority of its work is on fixed-price contracts.

Promising more investment in the United States, ST Engineering names new U.S. chief

ST Engineering last month named Tom Vecchiolla, a former Raytheon executive, to head its United States-based company, VT Systems, as it seeks growth here.

Defense Business Board to meet next month

The Defense Business Board will meet Nov. 7 at the Pentagon to discuss industry-government exchanges as directed by the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, according to a Federal Register notice.

Executives say OTAs are 'changing the game'

The Pentagon's use of other transaction agreements to speed acquisition is significantly changing the business environment, contracting executives said.

Window closed for proposals on Pentagon's potential $10B JEDI cloud contract

The Pentagon has closed the window on bidding for its potentially 10-year, $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract.

IBM protests Pentagon's $10B cloud contract, says it's written for 'specific vendor'

IBM has joined Oracle in protesting the Pentagon's multibillion-dollar Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract, charging the Defense Department has orchestrated the competition "with just one company in mind."

Maximus to buy GDIT assets

Maximus said it has agreed to acquire "certain assets of General Dynamics Information Technology's large-scale, citizen-engagement centers in the U.S. Federal civilian market" for $400 million in cash.

Moody's: Boeing's recent contract awards 'represent important wins'

Boeing has snagged "important wins" by capturing the MQ-25 unmanned tanker, Huey helicopter replacement and T-X trainer contracts, but will "have to demonstrate better execution" than in the past to translate those awards into improved earnings, Moody's Investors Service said.

Appointments & promotions

Booz Allen adds Flournoy, Jewett to board

Booz Allen Hamilton said it has appointed Michèle Flournoy to its board of directors, effective Oct. 24.

Blue Delta Capital Partners names Nolan a general partner

Blue Delta Capital Partners, a growth equity firm focused on the government services market, said Phil Nolan will serve as a general partner.

What's happening

The week ahead

The National Defense Industrial Association hosts senior Navy officials at its annual expeditionary warfare conference this week, while lawmakers have scheduled one confirmation hearing for senior Pentagon nominees.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Navy establishes new cybersecurity requirements to protect data after 'Sea Dragon' hack

The Navy is imposing more rigorous cybersecurity requirements on contractors to protect programs and technologies it deems "critical" following an incident earlier this year in which Chinese hackers reportedly stole sensitive submarine warfare data from a Navy contractor.

U.S. government totals $55.6 billion in arms sales for FY-18

The U.S. government secured $55.6 billion in arms sales in fiscal year 2018, a 33 percent increase above the previous year's total, according to the head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Watchdog reports 'entire generation' of DOD weapon systems may lack adequate cyber protections

The Defense Department has developed an "entire generation" of weapon systems without adequately considering the cybersecurity of those platforms, according to congressional auditors.