The INSIDER daily digest -- Aug. 25, 2021

By Thomas Duffy / August 25, 2021 at 1:49 PM

This midweek INSIDER Daily Digest starts with news about the Army’s cross-functional teams, we also have news about the Defense Department forgoing an annual acquisition report to Congress, news from the ongoing Space Symposium, and finally news on the Defense Department’s funding target for Afghanistan.

The Army may keep a number of management teams in place after finishing a planned round of modernization programs:

Murray: CFTs could outlive current modernization

The cross-functional teams set up to manage 31 of the Army’s priority modernization programs will likely remain after this round of modernization has ended, Gen. John Murray, the leader of Army Futures Command, told reporters Aug. 24.

The Defense Department will not send Congress a series of reports on acquisition programs this year:

DOD ditches requirement to provide Congress annual SARs this summer, citing limited out-year data

The Defense Department is spiking plans to provide Congress detailed updates about the status of major weapon system acquisitions -- a nearly $2 trillion portfolio -- advising lawmakers earlier this summer that because the Biden administration’s fiscal year 2022 budget submission is not accompanied by a detailed future-year spending forecast, the Pentagon will not submit any annual Selected Acquisition Reports.

The Air Force secretary says a number of space acquisition issues need to be worked through:

Future SDA acquisition authorities unclear as agency begins transition to Space Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- As the Air Force secretary and the Pentagon’s research and development chief lead early efforts to transition the Space Development Agency into the Space Force, a key issue will be determining what acquisition and contracting authorities the agency will retain.

More news from the Space Symposium:

Tournear: SDA’s NSSL launches will cost marginally more than commercial alternative

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Space Development Agency’s recent decision to use the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 contract to carry Tranche 1 satellites will only cost marginally more than working with a commercial provider due to efforts from the Space Systems Center’s NSSL program office.

Pentagon officials are working through what to do with the money Congress appropriated for the mission in Afghanistan:

Pentagon pauses billions intended for Afghan military

The Defense Department, following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, has halted all plans to spend $3.3 billion to bolster the now collapsed Afghan military, along with about another $3 billion in previously unspent training and equipping funds.