Defense Business Briefing -- March 9, 2021

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

This week's top story

SAIC taps former FLIR executive to lead new space business unit

Science Applications International Corp. will announce it has named David Ray senior vice president of its space business unit.

News & notes

Vectrus CEO says COVID-19 pandemic cut yearly sales by $63 million

The chief executive of Vectrus said restrictions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic trimmed annual sales by $63 million.

Drone maker Skydio looks to expand its role in defense market

After being selected by the Army in February to move forward in the service's Short Range Reconnaissance program, Skydio earlier this month announced it has raised $170 million in its latest funding round.

Appointments & promotions

Booz Allen names new executive focused on CJADC2

Booz Allen Hamilton said it has named Matice Wright-Springer a partner and senior vice president in its global defense group.

Huntington Ingalls taps Wilkinson to head Ingalls Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries said it has selected Kari Wilkinson to serve as president of its Ingalls Shipbuilding division, effective April 1.

Roper joins Red 6 board

Startup Red 6 said it has named Will Roper, the former Air Force acquisition chief, to its advisory board.

Roper joins board of Volansi

Commercial drone company Volansi said it has named Will Roper, the former Air Force acquisition chief, to its board of directors, where he will focus on its "strategy, operations, and growth in defense markets."

PSC hires Kostro

The Professional Services Council said it has named Stephanie Sanok Kostro executive vice president for policy, effective immediately.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior defense officials are scheduled to speak on Capitol Hill and at several virtual events this week.

For Inside Defense subscribers

GAO finds 'partial progress' in reforming security clearance process

While federal agencies have massively reduced the background investigations backlog and published a new set of vetting principles, officials still need to issue new investigative guidelines, develop a workforce plan to meet future investigations requirements, and better secure legacy IT systems.

Top DOD IT official laments lack of identity, credentialing solutions: 'I have not even found 'good enough''

The Defense Department is developing a data-driven, interconnected web of sensors, weapons and communications systems, but one major roadblock in the effort is the lack of useful Identity, Credentialing, Access and Management solutions, according to a top Joint Staff official.