Defense Business Briefing -- June 26, 2018

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

This week's top story

Race to replace Bradley transmissions stirs up defense industrial base issues

Senate lawmakers, afraid the Army might award a foreign company a sole-source contract to replace transmissions for the entire fleet of Bradley fighting vehicles, have taken steps to insulate U.S. manufacturers by proposing legislation requiring a full and open competition, Inside Defense has learned.

News & notes

Pentagon shifts cloud initiative to new CIO

The Pentagon has shifted responsibility for its enterprise cloud computing initiative to the new chief information officer, as lawmakers raise questions about the acquisition strategy for the U.S. military's enterprise cloud computing program.

Lockheed to expand cyber operations in San Antonio

Lockheed Martin said it would open a new office in the Port San Antonio Project Tech complex in San Antonio, TX, as it seeks to bolster its cybersecurity presence in the area.

Cherry: Following reorganization, Boeing Phantom Works more formally embedded in defense group

Mark Cherry, named to lead Boeing's Phantom Works unit last year, has reorganized the advanced technology group in an effort to have "more focused integration" with the other parts of the contractor's defense business, he told Inside Defense.

MAG Aerospace acquires NASS

MAG Aerospace has acquired North American Surveillance Systems, which focuses on airborne special missions systems integration.

DeMuro: BAE is investing in facilities to prepare for increased DOD spending

BAE Systems' U.S. business is spending on its ship repair, electronic warfare and combat vehicles facilities to prepare for an anticipated increase in Pentagon buying, according to the business' chief executive.

Appointments & promotions

SAIC promotes two

Science Applications International Corp. has named Christopher Donaghey senior vice president of corporate development and Tom Eldridge senior vice president of strategic development and communications, both effective immediately.

Lockheed expands Harward's role

Lockheed Martin has named Bob Harward as chief executive for Lockheed Martin in the Middle East.

CACI adds Plunkett to board

CACI International has appointed Debora Plunkett, a former National Security Agency official, to its board, effective July 1.

LMI adds two to board

LMI has added Teresa Carlson of Amazon Web Services and Lisa Disbrow, the former Air Force under secretary, to its board of directors.

What's happening

The week ahead

The House is expected to vote on the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill, while Senate defense appropriators take up their version of the legislation. Meanwhile, senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to speak at different events around the Washington area.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Lawmakers push to fill gaps in contractor cybersecurity after Navy hack

House lawmakers are pushing the Defense Department to shore up its policies on contractor cybersecurity, as Congress weighs legislative options in the wake of a hack into a Navy contractor's sensitive undersea warfare data.

Amazon views DOD as central to burgeoning federal cloud market

Amazon Web Services, the largest commercial cloud provider in the world, sees the Defense Department as central to a federal sector that's been slow to modernize its IT infrastructure, but has just started to embrace commercial cloud technologies.

DOD's 'Deliver Uncompromised' initiative aims to make security a fourth pillar in acquisition

The Defense Department, alarmed at the volume of sensitive data being stolen through cyber exfiltration, is bolstering the importance of security in its acquisition programs.