Defense Business Briefing -- Nov. 17, 2020

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

This week's top story

Vectrus CEO says other services are interested in using LOGCAP V

The chief executive of Vectrus, which won spots on the Army’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program V, said the company is seeing "demand from clients outside the Army to utilize the LOGCAP V program."

News & notes

PAE agrees to buy Metis Solutions

PAE said it has agreed to acquire Metis Solutions, which specializes in intelligence analysis, operational and tactical training and program management, for about $92 million in cash.

BAE to expand at Georgia Cyber Center

BAE Systems said it plans to add space at the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta, GA.

Trump signs order to block U.S. investment in 'Communist Chinese military companies'

President Trump signed an executive order seeking to prohibit U.S. investment that could benefit "Communist Chinese military companies."

Lockheed CEO says company assumes 'flattening defense budget' -- regardless of election outcome

The chief executive of Lockheed Martin said the company has been preparing for a flat defense budget even before the presidential election.

ManTech acquires Minerva

ManTech International said it has acquired cybersecurity firm Minerva Engineering.

Perspecta CEO says company won't protest re-awarded DEOS contract

The chief executive of Perspecta said the company won't protest and is "moving forward' after the government announced it would once again award the multibillion-dollar Defense Enterprise Office Solution contract to a General Dynamics Information Technology-led team.

Raytheon to acquire Blue Canyon Technologies

Raytheon Technologies said it has agreed to acquire Blue Canyon Technologies, a privately held company that specializes in small satellites and spacecraft systems components.

Microsoft, Amazon develop compliance solutions for DOD's CMMC program

Cloud service providers Microsoft and Amazon are working on solutions to help contractors reach compliance with the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program through a shared responsibility model.

DCMA to allow updates on scores for contractor cyber regime compliance

The Defense Contract Management Agency will give contractors the opportunity to make updates on their compliance with NIST Special Publication 800-171 in the Pentagon's Supplier Performance Risk System, according to agency leader John Ellis.

Promotions & appointments

Lockheed Martin says Evans will take leave; Ulmer will lead aeronautics

Lockheed Martin said today that effective Dec. 1, Michele Evans, who heads the aeronautics business, will take a temporary leave of absence "to address health issues unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic."

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior defense officials are slated to speak during several virtual events this week.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Pentagon names new pricing chief

The Defense Department has named John Tenaglia principal director of defense pricing and contracting, while Kim Herrington, who had been acting in the role, has become director of industrial base acquisition portfolio management, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman.

House lawmakers ask Biden to pick SECDEF with no history as a defense contractor

Two senior House Progressive Caucus members are asking President-elect Biden to nominate a defense secretary who has not been previously employed as a defense contractor.