EM’s Weekly Roundup: SAIC Acquires Unisys Federal, Leidos Secures $7.7B Navy NGEN Contract; POC to Host 2nd AI Summit on Feb. 13th, Dr. Stacey Dixon Receives Wash100 Award, POC Hosts Defense Research and Development Summit & Weekly Top 10 Stories

Nazzic Keene,

SAIC to Buy Unisys Federal Business for $1.2B; Nazzic Keene Quoted

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Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has agreed to buy Unisys’ federal business unit for $1.2 billion in cash, SAIC announced on Thursday

“This exciting opportunity advances our strategy by building on our modernization capabilities, increasing customer access, accelerating growth and enhancing shareholder value,” said Nazzic Keene, CEO of SAIC and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.

SAIC expects the deal to enhance its capabilities in modernizing IT, cloud migration, managed services, development, security and operations. The company also seeks to grow its portfolio of intellectual property and technology-driven products to support federal customers. 

“The financial benefits of acquiring Unisys Federal are compelling, including accretion of adjusted EBITDA margins, non-GAAP earnings per share and cash generation,” Keene added. 

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of the U.S. Navy

Leidos Wins $7.7B Navy NGEN Recompete for Network Services; James Geurts Quoted

Leidos received a potential eight-year, $7.7 billion indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract on Thursday to provide base network services for the U.S. Navy

The work will include electronic software delivery, logistics management, endpoint detection, network operations, end user core build, service desk, security operations, transport and virtualization services. 

“This contract will enable the digital modernization of our enterprise networks, which are the foundation for the Department of Navy business,” James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said in a statement published Wednesday.

The award is for the service management, integration and transport portion of the Next Generation Enterprise Network Recompete (NGEN-R) contract that the Navy issued in Oct. 2018.

POC to Host 2nd Annual Artificial Intelligence Summit on Feb. 13th 

Next week, Potomac Officers Club will host its 2nd Annual Artificial Intelligence Summit on Thursday, Feb. 13th at the Hyatt Regency in Tysons Corner, Va. 

Register here for the summit that brings together the top GovCon leaders from the public and private sector to discuss the latest initiatives and challenges that are facing federal agencies, industry and the civilian sector as AI technology cements its place in our daily lives. 

Vote for Your Wash100 Favorites

Not only can you see the full list of Wash100 Award winners right here, but you can also vote for the ten executives who you believe has contributed the most to the government contracting (GovCon) sector or will by the end of 2020. Voting is open. Cast your votes here by April 30th.

April 30th may seem like a long time from now, but the competition to find out who the GovCon community (that’s you) believes will be the most influential executive in the sector has begun. It was a battle to the last minute in 2019 and we’re expecting something even bigger this year. 

Don’t wait to cast your votes for your favorite Wash100 Award winners. VOTE HERE

Wash100 Presentations 

Stacey Dixon (L) and Jim Garrettson (R)

This week, we had the opportunity to present Dr. Stacey Dixon, deputy director of the National-Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, her first Wash100 Award on Thursday for her efforts to diversify NGA’s workforce and develop new education platforms for future employees. 

“Dr. Dixon is a proven leader who has a deep understanding of NGA and the entire intelligence community, its current challenges and the bright opportunities that lie ahead,” said Vice. Adm. Robert Sharp, director of the NGA and fellow 2020 Wash100 Award winner. 

Dixon has driven the latest initiatives to improve the agency’s workforce, including developing online training programs to reach young professionals across multiple sectors. She’s also been an advocate for gender equality and diversity within the NGA as well as industry and the federal government. She’s also been heavily involved

Executive Mosaic congratulates NGA and Dr. Stacey Dixon for her 2020 Wash100 Award selection. We pride ourselves on presenting the Wash100 Award to the executives who will accomplish a contribution of consequence to the GovCon sector in the coming year. Dixon’s drive to improve the NGA and its future workforce make her a favorite to influence the sector in 2020. 

POC Hosts 6th Annual Defense Research and Development Summit

Jim Faist (TL), Troy Alexander (TR),
Kristen Baldwin (BL), Ryan Frigm(BR)

On Thursday, Potomac Officers Club (POC) hosted its 6th Annual Defense Research and Development Summit at the Ritz-Carlton in McLean, Va. 

Some of the top executives from across the federal government and industry spoke and were in attendance to learn about the challenges of staying ahead of the curve, especially for their plans regarding the defense sector as U.S. competitors continue to make major technological advances in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and more.

Jim Faist and Kristen Baldwin of the Department of Defense (DoD), Dr. Troy Alexander of the U.S. Army and Ryan Frigm of the Space Development Agency (SDA) were featured as the keynote speakers for the summit to discuss the latest priorities, advancements and challenges facing R&D across federal agencies. 

In addition, Eric Rickard of Sertainty Federal Systems kept the discussion going as the moderator for an expert panel featuring Frank Klemm of the U.S. Navy, Timothy Grayson of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and Scott Gilman of the U.S. Army as panelists.

All four executives were given the opportunity to learn how the U.S. continues to protect and advance our national security as the world competes to lead the pack in the future of advanced technology.

AI is for All GovCons. Be Sure to Register Here

Charles Romine (L),
Robert Work (R)

Charles Romine of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Robert Work of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) will serve as the keynote speakers. In addition, the summit will have two massive expert panels to dive into the hottest topics in AI. 

Chris Powell of NT Concepts will serve as a moderator for a panel featuring Mike Garris of NSCAI, Maj. Sam Gray of the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) and Terry Busch of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). This panel will discuss the challenge in managing enterprise and scale data engineering in support of enterprise-scale AI. 

The second panel will be moderated by Josh Elliot of Booz Allen Hamilton. Col Stoney Trent of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), William “Buzz” Roberts of the NGA, Lt Col Ronnie Synakowski of the U.S. Air Force and Dr. Ritu Chadha of Perspecta will serve as the panelists to breakdown the major details about achieving enterprise AI. 

Are you interested to know how the top names in tech are addressing the biggest challenges of AI implementation and development? Do you want to know what the future of AI technology will look like? Don’t miss POC’s 2nd Annual AI Forum on Feb. 13th. Register now.

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