The Pentagon's preparations for a potential government shutdown, the Navy's new aircraft carrier landing gear, the DIUX effort and a lot of Air Force news highlight this Friday INSIDER Daily Digest.
Just in case, the government is prepping for a shutdown:
As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office next week, the Pentagon and other federal agencies have been notified by the White House to begin precautionary preparations for a government shutdown in the event Congress cannot pass a budget bill by April 29 or agree to extend a stopgap spending measure.
The Navy's new aircraft carrier landing gear has cost problems:
The Ford-class aircraft carrier's Advanced Arresting Gear has incurred a critical cost breach after congressional authorizers made the Pentagon use a 2009 cost estimate as the program's baseline.
Don't expect the DIUx to go away anytime soon:
The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, which faced an uncertain future at the start of the Trump administration, remains a priority now that Defense Secretary James Mattis runs the Pentagon and reports directly to him in the same way it did with his predecessor, Ash Carter, who established DIUx to inject greater innovation into the acquisition system.
A whole slew of Air Force news:
After a successful intervention on the troubled next-generation GPS operational control segment, the director of the Air Force Digital Service said this week the group is looking to partner with the Space and Missile Systems Center as it develops an acquisition model for its new approach to managing space systems on the ground.
The Air Force's second draft request for proposals to replace the UH-1N Huey released April 19 formalizes a new acquisition strategy that lets companies install extra items onto their helicopters before production, as the service announced it would do in February.
The Air Force this week issued a stop-work order for the beleaguered Air Operations Center Weapon System 10.2 upgrade program due to insufficient funds, according to a service spokeswoman.
The Air Force is looking for companies able to build components of the GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator system, including the warhead case, tail kit, fuzing system, carriage and release equipment and other ground support equipment.
The commander of the Air Force's operational space forces is concerned that a broad Air Force effort to establish more integrated, cross-domain battle management command-and-control capabilities could slow down within the space community to quickly develop an enterprise space BMC2 network.
As industry works to develop a stopgap capability to control the initial next-generation GPS satellites while the constellation's new ground segment continues to move through development, the Air Force is conducting a study to ensure a smooth transition from the temporary to the new system.
Two more F-35A jets have arrived at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, for a month-long European training deployment.
Lockheed Martin will manage all life-cycle support for two of its cruise missile programs at its Orlando, FL, facility under a $100 million, sole-source Air Force contract announced this week.