Defense Business Briefing -- June 15, 2021

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

This week's top story

NDIA: One-third of contractors surveyed said business won't return to normal for months

The National Defense Industrial Association, in its latest survey of the defense industrial base, found that nearly 32% of defense contractors do not expect their businesses to return to a normal level of operations for more than six months.

News & notes

AeroVironment moves corporate headquarters

AeroVironment said today it has relocated its corporate headquarters from Simi Valley, CA to Arlington, VA.

DOD unveils new enhanced debriefing rule

The Pentagon last month proposed amending defense federal acquisition regulations to enhance contractors' post-award debriefing rights, a move welcomed by contractors.

Parsons to acquire BlackHorse Solutions

Parsons said it has agreed to acquire BlackHorse Solutions in a deal worth $203 million.

Lockheed CFO says he would not be surprised by 'congressional adds' to budget

The chief financial officer of Lockheed Martin said the company benefited from congressional additions to the fiscal year 2021 budget and will be watching the FY-22 process.

DOD to push domestic sourcing of critical minerals

The White House is directing the Defense Department to use more incentives to support U.S. companies accessing critical minerals in the hopes of limiting exposure to Chinese sources.

Appointments & promotions

Fincantieri Marinette Marine announces new leadership

Fincantieri Marinette Marne said this month it has named Mark Vandroff the company's new chief executive, effective July 7.

System High names Kumbalek chief strategy officer

System High announced it has promoted Doug Kumbalek to executive vice president and chief strategy officer.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior Pentagon officials will testify on Capitol Hill this week about the fiscal year 2022 defense budget request.

For Inside Defense subscribers

CMMC body reveals first authorized organization cleared to conduct assessments for defense contractors

The first authorized, certified third-party assessment organization has entered the marketplace to conduct official audits for defense contractors who want to become certified under the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

CMMC accreditation body looks to hire compliance director responsible for meeting terms of DOD contract

The independent accreditation body behind the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is looking for an individual to serve as "Director of Security and Compliance," a new position created to liaise with the Pentagon on security matters and the latest move by the accreditation authority to transition to a full-time professional staff.