Defense Business Briefing -- Nov. 10, 2020

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

This week's top story

Defense industry executives say they don't expect significant changes under a Biden administration

As President-elect Biden begins to roll out transition plans, several defense industry executives say they don't expect immediate big changes under a new administration.

News & notes

Huntington Ingalls says it's using testing to bolster attendance levels

Huntington Ingalls Industries executives said the company has established new protocols, including testing, that are allowing it to better predict and manage its workforce.

BAE to build new facility in Cedar Rapids

BAE Systems said it is spending more than $100 million to build a facility in Cedar Rapids, IA, for its newly acquired navigation and sensor systems business.

Mercury expands COVID-19 testing program, says it will 'de-risk' business as cases surge

Mercury Systems said it has expanded its on-site COVID-19 testing to seven manufacturing locations in an effort to keep employees healthy and maintain business continuity.

Appointments & promotions

SAIC names new CFO

Science Applications International Corp. said it has named Prabu Natarajan chief financial officer, effective Jan. 4.

L3Harris executive joins Made In Space

Redwire said it has named Tom Campbell president of subsidiary Made In Space.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior defense officials are slated to speak at numerous virtual events this week. Veterans Day is Wednesday.

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GAO urges reform in Pentagon’s efficiency review process

The Government Accountability Office says it is unable to "assess the quality of the analysis" that led the Defense Department to claim $37 billion in efficiency-related savings because of "a lack of detailed documentation," though it agrees DOD has made progress over previous years.

Pentagon’s new AI director aims to foster ‘broad enablement’ for artificial intelligence across DOD

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is focusing on helping organizations across the Defense Department use AI, as it will release the initial version of an enterprise platform for AI development in the coming year, according to the center's new director.