Defense Business Briefing -- Feb. 18, 2020

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

This week's top story

Federal judge orders Pentagon to stop JEDI work; calls for Amazon to post $42M to cover delay

A federal judge 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.

News & notes

Leidos reports sales growth in defense business

Leidos said sales in its defense solutions business during the most recent quarter totaled $1.4 billion, up almost 11% from the same three-month period a year earlier.

Raytheon receives SEC subpoena

Raytheon disclosed it has received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission related to an investigation into payments on certain contracts with Middle Eastern countries.

Perspecta: NGEN debriefing scheduled for Feb. 24

Perspecta says it expects to receive later this month its post-award debriefing on the services portion of the Next Generation Enterprise Network contract, which was awarded to Leidos.

Leidos CEO: Company expects NGEN protest but has 'confidence that the protest will move quickly'

Leidos, which was awarded earlier this month the services portion of the Navy's Next Generation Enterprise Network, is bracing for a protest of the contract but is already working on transition plans.

Huntington Ingalls agrees to transfer San Diego shipyard to Titan

Huntington Ingalls Industries said 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.

CACI group zeroes in on research and development

More than 90% of CACI’s research and development funding is being spent in its national security and innovative solutions sector, now led by Kevin Kelly, who was chief executive of LGS Innovations before it was acquired by CACI.

SOS International acquires NorthStar Systems

SOS International said it has acquired advanced analytics software company NorthStar Systems, marking the company's fifth acquisition since 2016.

Applied Insight buys Digital Age Experts

Applied Insight announced it last year acquired Digital Age Experts, which specializes in cloud system design, cloud-native development and development security operations for the government.

Appointments & promotions

SAIC names new executive in solutions and technology group

Science Applications International Corp. said it has named Scott Goldstein vice president of its engineering, integration and logistics practice.

PAE adds Harrison

PAE said it has named Adam Harrison vice president of strategy and corporate development.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior defense officials are scheduled to discuss the fiscal year 2020 budget request at several Washington venues this week. Congress is out.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Tech industry questions core elements of federal ban on Huawei products

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.

Pentagon to industry: Show us the 'barriers' to banning use of Chinese IT products

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.