Hypersonic weapons, a new White House arms transfer policy, a slew of Army and Air Force news and much more highlight this Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest.
Lockheed Martin has won a multimillion-dollar hypersonic weapon development contract:
The Air Force has established a nearly $1 billion program to prototype a long-range, air-launched, hypersonic strike weapon and Lockheed Martin has elbowed away two other competitors to win the project, the service has revealed.
The White House has released a new arms transfer policy:
The White House wants to elevate the importance of creating American jobs and boost the U.S. defense industry when considering weapons sales to foreign nations, as well as sell more American-made unmanned aerial systems to international partners, under a new conventional arms policy unveiled today.
Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville spoke recently at New America's Future of War Conference:
The Army's second in command is cautioning against the service becoming too dependent on technology as it heads into the future battlefield.
More Army news:
Army senior leaders at an April 18 hearing informed the House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee of the service's modernization plans.
The Army's soldier lethality cross-functional team is approaching a milestone B decision on the Next Generation Automatic Squad Rifle, the first variant of the Next Generation Squad Weapon.
The latest from the National Space Symposium in Colorado:
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Incumbent Lockheed Martin is the only company to confirm its bid to develop the next generation of GPS III satellites, potentially forcing the Air Force to launch a sole-source acquisition for what was supposed to be a rigorous competition between at least three providers.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – As Raytheon continues to implement agile software tenets into the next-generation GPS OCX development program, the company is working to provide more detailed performance metrics to Air Force and Pentagon leadership.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Space Fence prime contractor Lockheed Martin is preparing to start a site survey in June for the second radar location that would bring the space-observing radar system to full operational capability.
"Small, disruptive businesses" are the companies the Pentagon needs to spur innovation, according to the Defense Department's research and engineering chief:
The Pentagon's chief technology officer says large contractors "are not largely the innovators you seek," but big defense companies and those representing them say they are adopting practices like agile development and helping DOD realize innovative technologies.
Every Stryker vehicle stands to get an upgrade to the Double-V Hull:
Army senior leaders have decided to pure-fleet the Double-V Hull upgrade to all of the service's Stryker vehicles, though they are still working to allocate funding to support the effort.
A new Government Accountability Office report on the Air Force's multibillion-dollar KC-46 tanker program is out:
A Government Accountability Office report released this week offers some insight into Boeing's efforts to mitigate further KC-46 delivery delays and highlights discrepancies between the company's predictions and those of the Air Force.
If lawmakers really want to save defense money, they'll need to look at closing military bases:
Former Pentagon officials agree with congressional reformers that the Defense Department could find significant savings if it eliminated some "Fourth Estate" civilian management agencies, but the big money, they said, is in base realignments and closures and other politically unpopular actions.
The Navy admiral tapped to head U.S. Pacific Command says the organization needs more ISR capability:
The nominee to be the next head of U.S. Pacific Command estimates the organization's Hawaii-based headquarters has 25 percent of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability it requires, an appraisal that points to a significant shortfall but also a marked improvement compared to an assessment PACOM offered a year ago.