Defense Business Briefing -- Nov. 24, 2020

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

This week's top story

Pentagon acquisition chief signs new policy for managing loss of manufacturing, supply sources

The Pentagon's acquisition chief has approved a new enterprise policy for managing the potential loss of manufacturing sources amid broader concerns about declining electronics production and other supply chain shortfalls.

News & notes

Kratos acquires 5-D Systems

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

Former Raytheon engineer sentenced to prison

A former Raytheon Technologies engineer was sentenced to 38 months in prison, according to the Justice Department.

Internet Security Alliance: CMMC fails to account for the economics of small-business cybersecurity

The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program will fall short in securing the defense industrial base because it fails to address underlying economic realities that limit how much small and mid-sized businesses can invest in cyber, according to the industry group Internet Security Alliance.

NIST-funded small business centers push back against Pentagon messaging on CMMC preparedness

Two leaders from National Institute of Standards and Technology-funded centers focused on the manufacturing sector are expressing concerns on whether small businesses will be prepared for implementation of the Pentagon's cyber certification program on Dec. 1.

Lockheed Martin asks suppliers for details on compliance with upcoming Pentagon cyber regime

Lockheed Martin is working with its suppliers to get details on their efforts to reach compliance with current and upcoming cybersecurity regulations from the Pentagon.

Appointments & promotions

Lockheed promotes Lemmo to head Sikorsky

Lockheed Martin has tapped Paul Lemmo to serve as president of Sikorsky, effective in January.

Oshkosh names Pfeifer next CEO

Oshkosh said it has named John Pfeifer president and chief executive, effective April 2.

Protest spotlight

GAO backs Army decision

The Government Accountability Office has denied a protest filed by Leidos over an Army task order.

What's happening

The week ahead

Not much is scheduled in Washington this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Thornberry worries renaming bases and GA Senate runoffs could derail defense policy bill

The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee said today he is concerned that "political calculations" over renaming military bases currently honoring Confederate leaders, along with two U.S. Senate election runoffs in Georgia, are threatening to scuttle the annual defense policy bill that has passed for 59 consecutive years.