The INSIDER daily digest -- Aug. 29, 2018

By John Liang / August 29, 2018 at 2:06 PM

An Air Force "contractor responsibility watch list," an upcoming summit of senior U.S. and Indian officials, the Pentagon's latest unmanned systems roadmap and more are featured in this Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest.

The Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act required SMC Commander Lt. Gen. John Thompson to determine procedures for placing underperforming companies on a "contractor responsibility watch list":

SMC to establish contractor watch list in late September

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center expects by September to begin implementing new procedures to hold contractors responsible for poor performance.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with their Indian counterparts Sept. 6 for an inaugural "two-plus-two" dialogue in New Delhi:

U.S. aims to lay groundwork for major arms sales to India, but Russia sanctions still in play

Top U.S. officials head to India next week to discuss the strategic relationship and finalize agreements allowing major arms sales to move forward, but New Delhi is not immune from sanctions if it moves forward with the purchase of new Russian weapons, according to a Pentagon official.

A new Pentagon report aims to chart a three-decade guide for the rapidly developing field of unmanned systems technology:

Pentagon's new 30-year unmanned systems roadmap charts course for AI, weaponization

The Defense Department's new 30-year unmanned systems plan -- the first update on the long-range roadmap in four years -- grapples with the "massive potential" of artificial intelligence and machine learning as well as the tricky policy challenges of weaponizing these systems.

Document: DOD's FY-17/42 unmanned systems integrated roadmap

Our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity have a preview of an upcoming report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission:

U.S.-China commission prepares strategy to counter growing cyber threat from Beijing

A congressionally mandated commission on U.S.-China relations is developing a report for release this fall that will likely outline measures for countering China's cyber activities, following a recent Defense Department annual review that highlighted Beijing's growing threat in cyberspace.

Ocean Aero said this week it has secured “multimillion-dollar” strategic investments from Lockheed Martin Ventures and Energy Innovation Capital in a series B funding round:

Lockheed Martin Ventures invests -- again -- in Ocean Aero

Lockheed Martin Ventures has made a second investment in Ocean Aero, the developer of the Submaran unmanned maritime vehicle.

In a recent update to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure request for proposals, the Pentagon provided a list of answers to 218 questions it received from industry since posting the final solicitation on July 26:

Pentagon's cloud strategy 'continues to evolve' as Oracle protests JEDI solicitation

The Defense Department maintains it will have multiple cloud computing providers in the future and is telling companies its cloud strategy "continues to evolve," as DOD prepares to respond to a protest against a potentially $10 billion solicitation.

Army officials are putting finishing touches on a capability development document outlining the operational performance attributes of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle optionally manned fighting vehicle:

Army previews desired capabilities for Next Generation Combat Vehicle

Army officials are working to lock in requirements for a planned big-ticket acquisition program to replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle -- a program launch set for this fall that would give the service a marquee "next-generation" project to tout in the same way the Air Force has a new bomber and the Navy a new ballistic missile submarine.