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The INSIDER daily digest -- Aug. 9, 2018

By John Liang  
August 9, 2018 at 2:05 PM

The Pentagon's new Space Force, the DIUx's new name, the KC-46 tanker and more highlight this Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest.

"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force," Vice President Mike Pence said at the Pentagon today:

Pentagon moves to create Space Force as a new branch of the military

At the behest of President Trump, the Pentagon has begun taking immediate steps to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military -- a Space Force -- by 2020, though its creation requires congressional authorization, according to a new report provided to Congress.

Document: DOD report to Congress on space


The Defense Innovation Unit (Experimental) or DIUx, is dropping the "x" from its name and will now be known as simply "DIU":

Defense Innovation Unit drops 'experimental' to reflect permanence at DOD

The military's Silicon Valley start-up is no longer an experiment, according to the Pentagon's No. 2 official.

Document: Shanahan memo on DIUx's new name

A new Air Force study, slated to be complete by November 2019, will assess the risks associated with developing and integrating new capabilities on the KC-46 tanker:

Boeing conducting integration, risk-reduction for future KC-46 capabilities

The Air Force this week awarded Boeing $10 million to begin studying future capability integration on the yet-to-be-fielded KC-46 tanker.

New implementation plans for conventional arms transfers would prioritize strategic and economic competition:

Trump administration officials pledge 'streamlined' arms sales to boost defense industry

Trump administration officials said this week the government has embarked on a new era in foreign military sales to boost the U.S. defense industry and maintain global influence amid the rise of China and resurgence of Russia.

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