The INSIDER daily digest -- July 30, 2020

By John Liang / July 30, 2020 at 1:54 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on DARPA's lessons learned from an industry launch challenge that ended without a winner, plus defense contractors' quarterly earnings and more.

Acting Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Director Peter Highnam said today during a Defense Writers Group roundtable the agency learned a lot through the DARPA Launch Challenge, despite how it ended:

DARPA has no plans to pursue new launch challenge after abrupt ending in March

The acting head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Peter Highnam, said today the organization has no plans to pursue a follow-on to the DARPA Launch Challenge, after the competition ended in March without a winner.

The Air Force has been working since 2017 to lay the groundwork for the Simulators Common Architecture Requirements and Standards program:

Air Force, L3Harris to begin integrating early SCARS simulator requirements later this year

The Air Force this summer awarded L3Harris Technologies a 10-year, $900 million contract to help the service establish a common aircraft simulator architecture and is now working with the company to implement the initial task order, which focuses on cybersecurity and installing a remote scanning capability at nine locations.

Northrop Grumman, ManTech, Oshkosh and Textron today reported their quarterly earnings results:

Northrop CEO says she didn't sign recent letters because COVID-19 impact was 'less significant'

The chief executive of Northrop Grumman said today she chose not to sign recent letters sent to Capitol Hill urging funding for coronavirus relief because her company has seen a reduced impact and she wants to focus on continuing to limit the damage.

Contractors report sales, profit increases

Several defense contractors this week said sales rose during the most recent quarter, despite the ongoing pandemic.

The Navy wants to build a maritime mine that can be dropped from an aircraft:

Navy seeking information on long-range aerial maritime mine

The Navy is seeking white papers from industry sources capable of producing, testing and delivering a long-range, air-delivered maritime mine, according to a new Navy notice.