Some must-reads from this week's edition of Inside the Army:
1. The Army is preparing to augment its fleet of Lakota training helicopters, issuing a solicitation in advance of a possible sole-source procurement.
Full story: Army takes first step toward buying more Lakotas
2. Senate Republicans and Democrats said Jan. 4 talks to raise budget caps and avert a government shutdown remain productive and ongoing, but cautioned that the road to a final compromise remains long.
3. The team developing and fielding the military's first artificial intelligence algorithms is seeking to incorporate some of its work into the services' Distributed Common Ground Systems, as the group works to establish an "AI-ready culture" across the Defense Department, according to the general leading the project.
4. The leaders of several government services contractors, including CACI International, CSRA and ManTech International, have started meeting regularly to draw attention to areas of shared concern.