Defense Business Briefing -- April 16, 2019

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

This week's top story

Krone: Leidos reorganization has 'reenergized' defense and intelligence groups

The reorganization Leidos unveiled at the beginning of the year separated the company's defense and intelligence groups, reenergizing both units and giving both better customer focus, according to the contractor's chief executive.

News & notes

Army picks four for LOGCAP V, in move that 're-order[s] the defense contingency operations market'

The Army said late Friday it has awarded KBR, Vectrus, Fluor and a PAE-Parsons team spots on the latest incarnation of its Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, known as LOGCAP V.

EverWatch acquires Northwood Global Solutions

EverWatch said it has acquired Northwood Global Solutions, which specializes in cloud architecture and migration, cybersecurity, analytics and big data systems architecture for intelligence agencies.

Pentagon finds no conflicts in JEDI acquisition; only Amazon, Microsoft in competition for award

A Defense Department investigation has found no conflicts of interest tainted the integrity of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure acquisition, and DOD has identified proposals from Amazon and Microsoft as the only two bids in the "competitive range" eligible to win the award, worth up to $10 billion.

Appointments & promotions

ACT-IAC names Wennergren CEO

The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council, better known as ACT-IAC, said it has named David Wennergren chief executive, effective May 13.

What's happening

The week ahead

Congress is out this week, but several senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to make appearances around the Washington area.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Government watchdog raises concerns about background investigations transfer to Pentagon

The Government Accountability Office is raising concerns about the Pentagon lacking a detailed plan for taking over the federal background investigations mission later this year, as the Defense Department seeks a big budget boost for the organization assuming the responsibility.

Pentagon: Canceling $7M annual contract with JASON scientists made 'economic sense'

The Pentagon's research and engineering directorate confirmed it is effectively severing ties with an independent group of scientists known as JASON, as the Defense Department says it makes "economic sense" to end a studies program that cost about $35 million over the past five years.