Defense Business Briefing – July 6, 2021

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

This week's top story

Huntington Ingalls to buy Alion in $1.65 billion deal

Huntington Ingalls Industries said it has agreed to acquire Alion Science and Technology for $1.65 billion, significantly growing HII's technical solutions division.

News & notes

Private-equity firm partners with former LGS executives to invest in technology companies

Private-equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners has teamed with the former chief executive of LGS Innovations as well as other former LGS executives to create MissionX, tasked with investing in differentiated national security technology companies.

L3Harris CEO says he plans to expand international focus

The new chief executive of L3Harris Technologies will seek to broaden the contractor's international work, the company said today.

Microsoft prepares documentation to help contractors ready for Pentagon cyber certification program

Microsoft is working to provide documentation for its managed security service provider partners and cloud users who want to get ready for assessment under the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, according to a company executive.

Appointments & promotions

SOSi adds two executives

SOS International said it has hired Michael Garson as general counsel and Kimberly Parker as vice president for contracts.

SAIC names chief climate scientist

Science Applications International Corp. said it has named Stephen Ambrose to the newly created role of chief climate scientist.

Boeing names new CFO

Boeing said it has named Brian West chief financial officer, effective Aug. 27.

What's happening

The week ahead

Not much is scheduled for the week as Washington returns from the July 4 holiday.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Pentagon to help small business reduce CMMC compliance costs

The Defense Department has pledged to reduce costs on small businesses in an ongoing internal review of its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, according to a Pentagon official.

Langevin: DOD needs to better justify cyber and IT budget request

The top lawmaker on the House Armed Services cyber and technology subcommittee on Tuesday expressed frustration with the Defense Department's fiscal year 2022 budget request for cybersecurity and IT, arguing it doesn't contain much substance and is a near carbon-copy of last year's request.