Defense Business Briefing -- Jan. 9, 2018

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

This week's top story

Shanahan directs DCMO to establish cloud-computing program

Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan has tasked the Pentagon's deputy chief management officer with leading the military's adoption of cloud technologies by establishing a new program and budget line for the effort.

News & notes

PAE creates Africa-focused subsidiary

PAE has established a wholly owned subsidiary, dubbed Africa Expeditionary Services, to expand its services in the region.

Raytheon to team with Department 13

Department 13, a counter-drone company, has entered into a teaming agreement with Raytheon to "market and support existing counter-drone technologies and co-develop new capabilities."

Textron announces 'additional restructuring actions'

More than a year after announcing a restructuring plan, Textron said it is planning additional consolidation of its facilities and streamlining of its product lines, primarily within its Bell, Textron Systems and Industrial segments.

DOD launches university-industry teaming initiative

The Defense Department is seeking proposals from university-industry partnerships to tackle high-priority basic research projects as part of a new "Defense Enterprise Science Initiative."

Warren blasts Pentagon officials over defense industry ties

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took to the Senate floor last week to criticize Pentagon officials with defense industry backgrounds, specifically targeting a former Lockheed Martin executive tapped for a senior Defense Department post.

Appointments & promotions

L3 hires Stackley

L3 Technologies has named Sean Stackley, the former Navy acquisition chief, corporate vice president for strategic advanced programs and technology.

Lockheed Martin promotes two

Lockheed Martin said Rick Edwards has been tapped to lead Lockheed Martin International, while Frank St. John will oversee the company's missiles and fire control business.

Peraton names Noblis executive to head new sector

Peraton said Roger Mason, a Noblis executive, will lead its newly formed space, intelligence and cyber sector.

Maxar hires Greenley

Maxar Technologies -- the company created after MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, or MDA, purchased DigitalGlobe -- has named former L3 WESCAM executive Mike Greenley group president of MDA.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to speak publicly at several events around the Washington area this week including at the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium.

For Inside Defense subscribers

GAO dismisses Raytheon's attempt to stay in JSTARS radar competition

The Government Accountability Office recently dismissed Raytheon's formal protest that the Air Force unfairly excluded the company's "Archimedes" wide-area surveillance radar from the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization competition.

RAND study diverges from Congress on bid protest reform

Congress may have aimed in the wrong direction with a new provision intended to reform the way the Pentagon handles contractors' bid protests, according to a new study RAND Corp. recently delivered to Capitol Hill.

Autonomy consortium to demonstrate new technologies over five years

A new consortium of defense contractors is in the works to advance autonomy technologies in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory.