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:
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":
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:
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 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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