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The INSIDER daily digest -- April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017 |
John Liang

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:

Pentagon faces shutdown in Trump's first 100 days

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.

Document: OMB fact sheet on potential government shutdown

The Navy's new aircraft carrier landing gear has cost problems:

Navy's Advanced Arresting Gear program incurs critical cost breach

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.

Document: Stackley letter on AAG program's critical cost breach

Don't expect the DIUx to go away anytime soon:

DIUx remains a priority under Mattis

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 OCX success, Air Force Digital Service aiding enterprise ground acquisition

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.

New draft RFP for Huey replacement edits acquisition plan, adds criteria

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.

Document: Air Force's second draft RFP for the Huey replacement program

Air Force halts AOC 10.2 development, citing insufficient FY-17 funds

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.

Air Force looking for industry to build MOP components

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.

14th Air Force commander warns against ESBMC2 slow-down

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.

Air Force conducting study on transition from GPS COps to OCX

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.

Final two F-35As arrive for Europe training deployment

Two more F-35A jets have arrived at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, for a month-long European training deployment.

Lockheed receives life-cycle management contract for JASSM, LRASM

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.