The Insider

Inside the Pentagon highlights

By John Liang  
August 9, 2018 at 9:47 AM

Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Pentagon:

1. Oracle America filed a pre-award protest this week against the Pentagon's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure solicitation, as the company argues the contract will lock DOD into a "legacy cloud" for the next decade.

Full story: Oracle files pre-award protest in $10B JEDI cloud competition

2. The Pentagon is touting its new efforts to reorganize its acquisition and innovation system, but remains without two key administration officials who must be confirmed by the Senate.

Full story: Pentagon's big acquisition shake-up still waiting on two key players

3. The Defense Department's top strategic deterrence officer recently declined to confirm claims by the Pentagon's former No. 2 official earlier this year that China last November conducted a pair of ballistic missile tests that advanced Beijing's efforts to develop a maneuvering ultra-fast weapon impervious to U.S. defenses and that Beijing has "mastered" boost-glide technology.

Full story: STRATCOM chief declines to confirm report of Chinese HGV advances

4. Trump administration officials said Wednesday the government has embarked on a new era in foreign military sales to boost the U.S. defense industry and maintain global influence amid the rise of China and resurgence of Russia.

Full story: Trump officials pledge 'streamlined' arms sales to boost defense industry