Defense Business Briefing -- May 21, 2024

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

This week's top story

Top defense industry group unveils legislative priorities, warns of possible inflation 'bow wave'

The Aerospace Industries Association has put forth a list of legislative priorities as congressional committees begin crafting their versions of the annual defense authorization and appropriations bills, with the group's leader emphasizing the need to lift international trade barriers and prepare for what could be a "bow wave" of inflation consequences.

News & notes

MDA cancels source selection for C2BMC collaborative planning upgrade for combatant commanders

The Missile Defense Agency has pulled the plug on a planned upgrade of a key part of the Command and Control, Battle Management and Communications system, advising companies that prepared and submitted bids for a project called CODDS -- C2BMC Operational Defense Design System -- that funds previously slated for the effort have been shifted to higher-priority needs and the source selection is cancelled.

New $2B 'defense enterprise program' would build up Ukraine's weapons industry

A new $2 billion initiative announced in Kyiv last week by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is intended to help build a domestic defense industrial base in Ukraine as it faces long-term conflict with Russia.

DOD seeks critical tech prototypes from U.K., Australia and Canada for DPA funding

The Defense Department has released an "open announcement" seeking proposals for critical technology prototypes from companies in the U.K., Australia and Canada that will be funded under the Defense Production Act.

CMMC proposed rule with changes to defense acquisition regulations enters OMB review process

A proposed rule to amend the Defense Department’s acquisition policies for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program has entered the Office of Management and Budget review process.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior defense officials are scheduled to speak at several public events this week. The House Armed Services Committee is slated to hold its marathon mark-up of the fiscal year 2025 defense authorization bill.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Army using supplemental, reprogrammed funds to bolster LASSO

As the Army looks to bolster its Low Altitude Stalking and Strike Ordinance (LASSO) program going forward, it plans to use a combination of reprogrammed funds from two previous fiscal years as well as the recently passed Ukrainian supplemental security package to do so.

Wittman: Lawmakers may approve aircraft divestment but still want Air Force to show game plan

Congress is slowly becoming comfortable with retirements of legacy aircraft, especially the A-10 Warthog, but first it wants the Air Force to consider ways it can use "existing aircraft to a greater advantage," Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) told Inside Defense.

New F-35 baseline expected in July

The Joint Program Office for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will release a new Acquisition Program Baseline and Selected Acquisition Report for the fifth-generation fighter in July, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday, suggesting the Pentagon’s largest acquisition program yet is getting even costlier.