Defense Business Briefing -- July 19, 2022

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

This week's top story

Norquist still pushing for defense reforms but in a different job

David Norquist, who served as acting defense secretary, deputy defense secretary and Pentagon comptroller during the Trump administration, is now at the helm of the National Defense Industrial Association where he says he has a much different job, but similar priorities.

News & notes

Lockheed, JPO reach deal on next F-35 production lots

After months of prolonged negotiations, Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office have struck a deal on the next production lots for the fighter aircraft, the company announced late Monday night.

Australian defense minister hopes AUKUS will generate 'seamless' tri-country industrial bases

Australia's defense minister is hoping to use a recently announced tripartite pact with the United States and the U.K. to build a foundation of "seamless" industrial bases between the three countries as they look to leverage a host of emerging technologies and capabilities.

Industry leaders question participation in IDIQ contracts for ABMS

Industry leaders say the Pentagon needs to do more to ensure the smaller businesses that have won Advanced Battle Management System contracts are able to scale developments to solve the military's problems while still meeting their own economic needs.

SDA awards L3Harris, Northrop Grumman $1.3 billion Tranche 1 Tracking Layer contracts

Space Development Agency Director Derek Tournear has announced the award of two prototype agreements worth a total potential value of over $1.3 billion to L3Harris Technologies and Northrop Grumman to build out the next stage of the agency's orbital tracking layer that will monitor advanced missile threats.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior defense officials are slated to speak at several events this week.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Third time's the charm? Experts weigh in on OMFV's chance to replace the Bradley

There were clear risks to the Army's effort to replace the aging Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Northrop's SEWIP to deliver an 'unlimited magazine' of EW capabilities to the Navy

As China and Russia develop new classes of anti-ship missiles, Northrop Grumman's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program aims to counter threats at sea for many years.