Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said on Jan. 4 that it named Marie Mendoza vice president and general counsel. Mendoza replaces Deborah S. Butera, who left the company in September.

The move is a promotion. Mendoza served briefly as Kratos’ acting general counsel, and spent four years as senior corporate attorney. She received her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kratos (Nasdaq: KTOS) also announced Jan. 4 that it named Rich Gary as chief information officer. Gary succeeds Colin Black, who left to become CIO at CrowdStrike, an Irvine-based cybersecurity company. CrowdStrike announced Black’s appointment on Nov. 30.

Prior to his work as acting CIO, Gary was Kratos’ director of IT Infrastructure.

Separately, Kratos said Jan. 4 that one of its divisions received a $9.1 million U.S. Navy contract.

The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division awarded the deal for Oriole rocket systems. The contract calls for Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services to provide solid-propellant rocket motors and related rocket system hardware.

Kratos described its products as high-quality, low-cost launch vehicle assets which will support ballistic missile defense systems testing as well as hypersonic research.