The INSIDER daily digest -- Aug. 12, 2019

By John Liang  
August 12, 2019 at 1:52 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a protest to an Air Force space launch competition, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, Navy floating dry docks and more.

Blue Origin is contending that the Air Force's plan to select two launch providers to fly a five-year slate of national security space missions is a "flawed acquisition strategy" that impedes a fair competition:

Blue Origin protests Air Force launch RFP; Northrop, SpaceX, ULA confirm bid submissions

Blue Origin confirmed today it has filed a pre-award protest with the Government Accountability Office over the Air Force's Launch Services Procurement effort.

The Marine Corps plans to begin fielding Joint Light Tactical Vehicles to I Marine Expeditionary Force and III Marine Expeditionary Force by the end of next month:

Marine Corps announces IOC for JLTV

The Marine Corps today announced that its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle has reached initial operational capability.

The Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Plan program office, a relatively new organization charged with executing the Navy's $21 billion, 20-year plan to recapitalize the service's four public shipyards, recently issued a request for information:

Navy requests industry help building floating dry docks for carriers, nuclear submarines

The Navy is seeking industry's help to identify the costs and requirements for constructing a floating dry dock that can accommodate aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines, according to an Aug. 9 request for information.

Document: Navy RFI for floating dry docks

At a media roundtable Friday, DOD Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy said the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract is moving forward:

Pentagon says 'no pause' in JEDI cloud source-selection process as Esper reviews program

The Pentagon's top information technology official says the Defense Department continues to evaluate proposals from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract as new Defense Secretary Mark Esper reviews the overall JEDI program.

The Government Accountability Office issued a report late last week about the Navy's next-generation frigate program:

GAO questions Navy's use of 'guaranty' instead of 'warranty' for FFG(X)

A government watchdog agency says the Navy won't commit to adjusting its proposal to build the next-generation frigate via a less-risky contract mechanism, despite not providing analysis to support claims about the second- and third-order effects that change may have.

Document: GAO report on the Navy's FFG(X) program