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Defense Business Alert

February 14, 2020

The information technology industry is raising serious concerns about the unintended consequences of a federal ban on purchasing products from tech giant Huawei and other China-based companies, arguing regulatory language affecting defense and civilian agency contractors should be narrowed to limit its impact.

February 13, 2020

A federal judge today ordered the Pentagon to stop work under the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract and directed Amazon to post $42 million in security to potentially account for the cost of delaying the cloud services award.

February 13, 2020

The Army today released a list of the "Top 10" programs eliminated and "Top 10" reduced to fund modernization priorities in its fiscal year 2021 request.

February 13, 2020

Huntington Ingalls Industries said this week its technical solutions unit has agreed to contribute its San Diego shipyard to Titan Acquisition Holdings, which is controlled by private-equity firms the Carlyle Group and Stellex Capital Management.

February 12, 2020

The Defense Department has announced plans for a meeting next month with industry officials to examine potential problems to a sweeping ban on the use of China-based Huawei and ZTE products by federal contractors, a move that marks a major milestone in broader federal efforts to counter cyber threats from Beijing.

February 10, 2020

Amazon Web Services today filed new documents seeking to depose top government officials about the Joint Enterprise Defense Information contract and pursuing new documentation about how DOD handled the program.

February 6, 2020

The Army says its corrective action on the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program V is complete and that it wants to uphold the original awards, according to a new filing with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

February 6, 2020

Pentagon acquisition officials say a sweeping cybersecurity certification program issued last week will take six years to fully implement, a phased-in schedule that defense industry officials say is the result of pressure by the contracting community about mitigating costs.

February 6, 2020

While the Pentagon's contractor cybersecurity certification requirement is still months away from showing up in contracts, a new Defense Department cyber assessment center has emerged over the past year and is already scoring some companies on their network security practices.

February 5, 2020

The National Defense Industrial Association today, in the first of what is a planned annual review, gave the defense industrial base a "C" grade, pointing to challenges with cybersecurity and workforce.

February 4, 2020

Huntington Ingalls Industries said today it has agreed to acquire Hydroid, which provides advanced marine robotics to the defense and maritime markets, in a $350 million deal.

February 4, 2020

Leidos said today it has agreed to acquire L3Harris Technologies' security detection and automation businesses for $1 billion in cash.

February 4, 2020

The former management services unit within AECOM is now a stand-alone, private company called Amentum.

February 3, 2020

Lockheed Martin Ventures, the venture capital arm of the world's largest defense contractor, last year invested in nine new companies and made more than 30 follow-on investments.

February 3, 2020

The cybersecurity certification firm HITRUST has emerged as a prominent player in the Defense Department's efforts to establish a landmark program to certify the data-security practices of the entire defense industrial base.

January 31, 2020

Boeing today reported it incurred $148 million in KC-46 tanker charges in 2019, which the company attributes to "higher manufacturing costs."

January 30, 2020

Northrop Grumman's chief executive said today restricted work made up about a quarter of the company's sales in 2019.

January 29, 2020

General Dynamics has built new facilities and focused on its workforce to manage both Block V of the Virginia-class submarine and the Columbia-class submarine, the company's chief executive said today.

January 28, 2020

The increased threat to national security from new technologies in cyberspace will impose unprecedented responsibilities on private industry to protect critical infrastructure, while challenging government policymakers to preserve civil liberties in meeting these emerging risks, according to National Security Agency General Counsel Glenn Gerstell.

January 22, 2020

The Defense Department is required at the beginning of next month to produce a framework for improved cybersecurity of the nation's defense industrial base, including regulations and metrics for measuring the security of contractors with implications for software development and cloud computing.