Defense Business Briefing -- Dec. 19, 2017

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

This week's top story

With industrial base review underway, new report finds significant decline in DOD's prime vendors

The number of vendors receiving prime contracts from the Pentagon shrunk by 17,000 from fiscal year 2011 to FY-15, according to a new report commissioned by the Aerospace Industries Association and undertaken by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

News & Notes

Private-equity firm acquires Janus Global Operations

An affiliate of private-equity firm DC Capital Partners has acquired stability operations contractor Janus Global Operations.

Endeavor Robotics establishes advisory board

Endeavor Robotics has named two former Pentagon officials to a new advisory board.

Pentagon officials to meet with industry groups in January

The Pentagon's top procurement official is set to meet next month with three defense industry groups, the chief executive of the National Defense Industrial Association says.

Cubic opens new Tampa office

Cubic says its mission solutions business division is opening a new facility in Tampa, FL.

Harris CEO says defense industry facing workforce hurdles

As the current workforce ages and defense companies prepare for increased spending, they will face challenges in finding enough qualified employees, Bill Brown, Harris' chief executive, warns.

Appointments & Promotions

Stephenson to depart Boeing board

Boeing says Randall Stephenson, the chief executive of AT&T, has resigned from Boeing's board of directors "to devote his time and attention to matters at AT&T," according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

General Dynamics names Rubel VP of investor relations

General Dynamics says Howard Rubel has been named vice president of investor relations, effective Jan. 2.

PSC hires McDermott

The Professional Services Council says it has appointed Ryan McDermott vice president for defense and intelligence.

ManTech names Phillips next CEO

ManTech International says Kevin Phillips, the company's president, will become its next chief executive, beginning Jan. 1.

SAIC adds Johnson to board

Science Applications International Corp. says Mark Johnson, the co-founder and managing partner of private-equity firm Astra Capital Management, has joined its board of directors.

What's happening

The week ahead

The week before the Christmas holiday features few organized events as Congress strives to complete a bipartisan spending deal before the expiration of a continuing resolution Friday.

Featured document

Measuring the Impact of Sequestration and the Defense Drawdown on the Industrial Base, 2011-2015

A new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies finds that the number of prime suppliers serving DOD declined by about 17,000 during the defense drawdown.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Pentagon aims to grow use of 'other transaction' agreements to speed acquisition

The Pentagon wants to increasingly use "other transaction" authority to accelerate acquisition timelines and bolster its business with commercial companies, but DOD officials concede the department faces a lack of knowledge about the unusual contracting method.

DOD seeks public-private partnerships to gain influence in microelectronics market

The Pentagon sees public-private partnerships as one way to gain influence in a microelectronics market increasingly controlled by China, according to a defense official.

GAO: 'No indications' government can readily fix investigations backlog

The federal government is ill-prepared to reduce the backlog of more than 700,000 background investigations, as officials don't have the requisite plans for addressing the issue, according to the Government Accountability Office.