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The INSIDER daily digest -- Aug. 11, 2017

August 11, 2017 |
John Liang

The Navy's Littoral Combat Ship program, DIUx and Air Force news are highlighted in this Friday INSIDER Daily Digest.

The Navy is gradually transitioning the various LCS mission packages to the fleet:

Littoral Combat Ship review implementation is in a 'limbo state'

As the Navy implements Littoral Combat Ship review recommendations, the service is in a "limbo state" with transitioning how the platform is operated and manned, according to a top official.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting DIUx's Silicon Valley headquarters this week:

DIUx gets new authorities, prepares to transition programs to production

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental has been granted new authorities and is preparing to transition several technologies to production this year, as the organization claims it is "here to stay" under the Trump administration.

A look at the Air Force's efforts to improve the Reaper unmanned aerial system:

Air Force details Block 5 MQ-9 improvements in 2016 selected acquisition report

The Air Force plans to mature extended-range technology for its Block 5 MQ-9 Reapers under an undefinitized contract action issued March 30, a service spokesman said this week.

The Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System satellites will soon be migrated to a new ground-control system:

SBIRS High to begin transition to new ground segment in FY-17 and FY-18

The Air Force told companies at a recent industry day it plans to begin migrating Space-Based Infrared System satellites onto a modernized ground control and mission data-processing system in fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

More Air Force news:

Air Force delivers plan to address critical weather coverage gaps

The Air Force is moving forward with a plan to address two critical weather coverage gaps and launch an initial space-based environmental monitoring capability in fiscal year 2024.

Analysts: Savings from Air Force One contract likely insignificant

Defense analysts say the Air Force's decision to buy two jetliners left behind by a bankrupt Russian airline to recapitalize the Air Force One fleet won't make much difference for the multi-billion-dollar program's bottom line.

Hack the Air Force yields 207 validated cyber vulnerabilities

A federal bug bounty program aimed at incentivizing ethical hackers to uncover cyber vulnerabilities in Air Force networks resulted in the identification of 207 valid vulnerabilities.