Defense Business Briefing -- March 20, 2018

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

This week's top story

CACI wants to buy CSRA, offering larger bid than General Dynamics

CACI International has thrown its hat into the ring in the chase to purchase CSRA, offering more money per share than General Dynamics' multibillion-dollar bid.

News & Notes

KeyW CEO: Sotera integration now complete

A year after buying Sotera Defense Solutions, KeyW's integration of that company is now complete, according to KeyW's chief executive.

Sanders asks Mattis to 'crack down' on waste and abuse of defense contractors

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, is asking Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to "crack down" on what Sanders sees as "widespread waste and abuse of private defense contractors."

DISA's ENCORE III IT services suite is now available

The Defense Information Systems Agency announced this week that 20 contracts have been awarded for its multibillion-dollar ENCORE III information technology suite.

Former NORTHCOM, SOUTHCOM commanders urge Trump to back NAFTA

The North American Free Trade Agreement is a "core aspect" of U.S. national security and President Trump should continue to honor it, according to a letter from 10 former chiefs of U.S. Northern and Southern commands.

Appointments & Promotions

HII promotes Callahan, Wasson to corporate VP positions

Jeanne Callahan has been named Huntington Ingalls Industries' corporate vice president for internal audit and Chip Wasson has been named corporate vice president for corporate strategy.

Raytheon names Brown to board

Raytheon has selected Adriane Brown to serve on its board of directors, according to a company statement.

What's happening

The week ahead

The week ahead features a variety of congressional hearings, think-tank events and industry conferences with senior Pentagon officials. Meanwhile, a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded expires Friday.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Analysts: SeaPort-e to Next Gen changes will better competition

The Navy's next generation contracting vehicle for services contracts has refined its work requirements in two key ways that analysts believe will help it create greater competition among contractors.

Congress weighs foreign investment against national security as Trump blocks $117B deal

On the heels of President Trump's executive order to block Singapore-based Broadcom's $117 billion bid to buy U.S. chip maker Qualcomm, the Pentagon's top industrial base official urged lawmakers today to further expand the authority of the powerful and secretive government committee that helped kill the deal.

House Foreign Affairs leaders push export-control bill

The chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee used a Wednesday hearing on export controls to push their bill to establish a permanent statutory basis for regulating dual-use and military exports licensed by the Commerce Department, and to modernize the export-control regime.