Defense Business Briefing -- Dec. 1, 2020

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

This week's top story

PAE chief says Biden administration could bolster company's State Department work

The chief executive of PAE says President-elect Biden's promise to reengage internationally could lead to growth in the company's State Department work.

News & notes

SAIC executive says COVID-19 'highlighted' improved training capabilities

The training industry was already responding to rapid technological change before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, but the ongoing crisis that has kept many working from home is increasing the focus, according to a Science Applications International Corp. executive.

Jacobs acquires majority stake of PA Consulting

Jacobs said it will form a strategic partnership with PA Consulting, through which it will acquire a 65% stake in PA.

Jacobs acquires the Buffalo Group

Jacobs said it has acquired the Buffalo Group, a Reston, VA-based company that specializes in cyber and intelligence solutions.

TransDigm to acquire Cobham Aero Connectivity

TransDigm Group said it has agreed to acquire Cobham Aero Connectivity for about $965 million.

Kratos acquires 5-D Systems

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions said it has acquired systems and software engineering company 5-D Systems.

Appointments & promotions

Jacobs hires Crawford

Jacobs said said it has named former Army Chief Information Officer retired Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford senior vice president of strategic development in its critical mission solutions business.

Northrop names Stapp CTO

Northrop Grumman said it has named Scott Stapp chief technology officer.

What's happening

The week ahead

Government officials and business executives are scheduled to participate in several events this week.

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Biden's defense team ready to land at Pentagon

Though President-elect Biden has yet to announce his nominee for defense secretary, members of his transition team are scheduled to arrive at the Pentagon on Monday to prepare for his upcoming administration.

Acting Pentagon chief signs out 'cyberspace accountability' directive

The Pentagon's acting chief has signed a new "cyberspace accountability" directive aimed at ensuring Defense Department organizations are following security protocols and processes to thwart cyber adversaries like China from exploiting network vulnerabilities.