The INSIDER daily digest -- Aug. 13, 2019

By John Liang  
August 13, 2019 at 1:35 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on Mike Griffin's cancellation of the Strategic Capabilities Office's typical budget practices, the Marine Corps' G/ATOR program, the Pentagon's JEDI cloud acquisition effort and more.

Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin's effort to fold the Strategic Capabilities Office into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has resulted in the proposed shelving of planned spending justification documents for certain weapon system projects:

Griffin abandons traditional SCO funding practice for FY-21

Mike Griffin, the Pentagon's chief technology officer, is canceling plans to produce detailed spending justifications for high-priority projects sought by combatant commanders -- jeopardizing more than a dozen new projects proposed this spring for the U.S. military's fiscal year 2021 budget request.

The Marine Corps is looking into melding its Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar with the Israeli-built Iron Dome rocket protection system:

Marine Corps weighing feasibility of integrating G/ATOR with Iron Dome

The Marine Corps is weighing integrating parts of the Israeli-designed Iron Dome air and missile defense system with the service's existing capabilities -- including the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) -- to address an urgent warfighting requirement and is planning to soon execute a live-fire demonstration, according to sources.

The Pentagon's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud effort is the focus of a new investigation by the Defense Department inspector general's office:

DOD IG confirms review of JEDI cloud acquisition, potential conflicts of interest

The Defense Department inspector general has opened a sweeping review into the development of the multibillion-dollar Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud acquisition, including whether any DOD employees had conflicts of interest while they were involved in the program.

More DOD IG news:

DOD IG finds inadequacies in NATO efforts to train Afghan airdrop, airstrike capabilities

An investigation by the Pentagon's internal watchdog found NATO's efforts to train Afghan forces for airdrops and airstrikes have failed to meet certain deadlines and objectives.

Document: DOD IG report on Afghan air controllers

Our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity report that major new regulations are in place today:

Ban on government purchases of Huawei products goes into effect today

Regulations banning the federal government from purchasing products from Huawei and other China-based tech companies take effect today, imposing sweeping requirements on widely available commercial items while also providing for some exceptions.

Document: Draft DOD, GSA, NASA rules on banning purchases of IT products from China

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