Defense Business Briefing -- Dec. 26, 2017

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

This week's top story

Contractors ready for acquisitions in 2018

Contractors and industry observers say they expect mergers and acquisitions to continue and even potentially accelerate in 2018.

News & Notes

CACI chief pursues five-year growth plan

The chief executive of CACI International has tasked one of his top executives with putting together a five-year growth strategy that, so far, includes plans to introduce a new product.

Boeing, Embraer 'in discussions'

Boeing and Embraer said they are "engaged in discussions regarding a potential combination, the basis of which remains under discussion."

DOJ requires TransDigm to divest SCHROTH

The Justice Department said it will require TransDigm to divest SCHROTH businesses it acquired from Takata to "restore competition in markets for several types of restraint systems used on commercial airplanes."

Army places $100 million order for JLTVs

The Army has ordered 258 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and 1,727 associated components from Oshkosh Defense for a total of $100.1 million, according to a Dec. 20 Defense Department announcement.

Pentagon may jettison defense industrial base survey

The Pentagon may not survey companies to obtain new data for a major defense industrial base review, opting instead to rely on information gathered in the past, according to a Defense Department spokesman.

Public meeting slated to discuss new e-commerce portal plan

The General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget will hold a public, "town hall-style" meeting Jan. 9 to discuss procurement of commercial products through e-commerce portals mandated by a provision in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, according to a Federal Register notice.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Space Enterprise Consortium interest could surpass $100M ceiling

The Air Force's new mechanism to prototype space capabilities may be more popular than anticipated, prompting the service to consider what to do if the program hits its $100 million project ceiling before the end of its initial five-year term.

Defense bill amends fund used to pre-order weapons for foreign allies

The latest defense policy law modifies a fund used to pre-order weapons for foreign allies by lifting a restriction that limited the account to purchases of precision-guided munitions in fiscal year 2017.

AMC chief eyes improved access to technical data, supply chain

Army Materiel Command is seeking to minimize the logistical challenges the service encounters when it lacks access to technical data and the full supply chain for its platforms.