Defense Business Briefing -- March 26, 2019

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

This week's top story

With new office and acquisitions in hand, FLIR Systems seeks growth in government business

FLIR Systems is refocusing its attention on its government and defense business, making significant acquisitions to bolster its unmanned work and opening a new headquarters in Arlington, VA, to be closer to the Pentagon.

News & notes

NDIA speaks out against Section 809 panel recommendation on small business set-asides

The National Defense Industrial Association is opposing a recommendation in the Section 809 panel's report to end mandatory small-business set-asides.

Nearly one year into CSRA deal, GDIT says it has rapidly changed but has more to do

General Dynamics Information Technology executives said the company has closed or consolidated more than 50 facilities and instituted a new operating model in the year since purchasing CSRA.

General Atomics breaks ground in El Mirage

General Atomics said it formally broke ground on a new hangar in El Mirage, CA, which will be used to test the company's latest remotely piloted aircraft variant, the MQ-9B SkyGuardian.

Moran: Lockheed Martin Ventures measures success by engagement with companies

As a strategic venture fund, Lockheed Martin Ventures uses "level of engagement" within the contractor to assess whether a technology it has invested in is a success, according to the venture arm's general manager.

Appointments & promotions

SAIC hires LaRouche

Science Applications International Corp. said it has named Michael LaRouche general manager of its national security group.

What's happening

The week ahead

The week ahead is packed with defense events as acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan and other senior defense officials testify on Capitol Hill.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Pentagon acquisition chief backs 'software color of money' legislation

The Pentagon is supporting recommendations and proposed legislation to change how it approaches software, including through a new category of appropriations.

DOD inspector general will investigate Shanahan's ties to Boeing

The Defense Department's inspector general says it will investigate allegations brought by a Washington watchdog group that acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan violated ethics rules and improperly favored Boeing, his former employer, in the awarding of defense contracts.