Defense Business Briefing -- Oct. 19, 2021

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

This week's top story

AM General pledges to compete for JLTV, guaranteeing Army competition in $7.6B acquisition

AM General, maker of the U.S. military's legacy light tactical vehicle fleet, will toss its hat in the ring for the upcoming competition to build Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, a move that presents incumbent Oshkosh with a formidable challenger and assures the Army an industrial rivalry that acquisition officials hope will drive innovation and a fair cost in an estimated $7.6 billion project.

News & notes

Oshkosh remains committed to JLTV follow-on after cuts

Oshkosh Defense remains committed to competing for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle follow-on contract, even after the Army acknowledged it plans to purchase fewer vehicles than previously expected, according to a company executive.

Northrop opens GBSD software development facility in Huntsville, AL

Northrop Grumman announced it has opened a software development facility as part of an expanded footprint in Huntsville, AL, to support the Air Force's Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.

DOD seeks comment on new climate change proposal aimed at contractors

The Defense Department is seeking public comment on a proposed acquisition regulation that would require major federal suppliers to publicly disclose greenhouse gas emissions and "climate-related financial risk," while also mandating "science-based reduction targets."

Contractors likely to host OMFV digital design

The Army is "leaning towards" having companies host the authoritative source of truth for the digital design of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, the Bradley fighting vehicle replacement, James Schirmer, the deputy program executive officer for ground combat systems, said Oct. 13 at the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington.

DIU announces $14M in DPA Title III agreements for sUAS

The Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit has announced $14 million in Defense Production Act Title III agreements to strengthen the domestic small unmanned aerial systems industrial base.

Promotions & appointments

Boeing hires former DSCA chief

Boeing announced it has hired former Defense Security Cooperation Agency Director Heidi Grant.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior defense officials are slated to discuss national security policy at several venues around Washington this week.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Senate appropriators would increase defense spending by $24B above Biden's request

The Senate Appropriations Committee wants to provide $24 billion more for national defense than what President Biden has requested, according to a draft fiscal year 2022 defense spending bill, which is in line with separate legislation passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee. 

Hudson report warns of dependency on China for batteries powering unmanned systems

The military services' push for more unmanned systems is dependent on the power supplied by batteries, a supply chain almost completed controlled by China.