Defense Business Briefing -- October 18, 2022

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

This week's top story

At AUSA, the future is (hybrid) electric

Major ground vehicle companies including General Dynamics Land Systems, BAE Systems, Oshkosh Defense and GM Defense are investing millions into rapidly maturing hybrid and electric technologies at a time when the Army has begun to take climate change seriously, evidenced in recent months by the release of its Climate Strategy and Climate Strategy Implementation Plan.

News & notes

DARPA to hold AI proposers day Nov. 14

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is holding a proposers day next month targeting participants interested in a new artificial intelligence reinforcement effort that aims to enable tactical autonomy in operational environments often avoided by military commanders.

Delivery of sixth ESB vessel delayed until January

As the Navy's public and private shipyards continue to face workforce shortages, delivery of the newest Expeditionary Sea Base vessel has been delayed to January.

New National Security Strategy targets defense industrial cooperation

The White House has released a National Security Strategy that seeks "deeper collaboration" with foreign allies when it comes to developing and producing weapon systems and military technology, a vision made more urgent by the war in Ukraine.

Defense Business Board to be briefed on military intel processes

The Pentagon's Defense Business Board will be briefed on the streamlining of military intelligence processes when members convene for their meeting next month, a Federal Register notice states.

Appointments & promotions

Former DIU head Brown joins Shield Capital as venture partner

Michael Brown, the former head of the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit, has joined Shield Capital as a venture partner, the firm announced this week.

Defense Innovation Board membership includes Thornberry, Roper, Gordon

Members of the soon-to-reconvene Defense Innovation Board will include a former lawmaker, ex-military service acquisition chief, a prior intelligence community official and more, Inside Defense has learned.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior government officials are slated to speak in the Washington area this week.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Reed says DOD picks could further stall if Dems lose Senate

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said the confirmations of more than a dozen Defense Department nominees could remain stalled if Democrats lose their Senate majority next month as the party's focus would be to move as many federal judges as possible before yielding control to the GOP.

DSB: Strategic Aerospace Guard Environment needed to defend U.S. airspace

An influential Pentagon advisory panel has assessed it "is essential and feasible to quickly and affordably" field new domestic air defense capabilities to protect critical homeland targets -- both civilian and military -- against advanced Russian and Chinese threats.

Guam radar blueprint calls for 10 sensors by 2027; initial capability on island by 2024

The Pentagon has locked in a sensor architecture for the U.S. military's new counterair and missile defense system slated for Guam that will be composed of a newly minted Army radar and a land-based Navy variant of technology derived from a towering Space Force array that is due to become operational soon.