The INSIDER daily digest -- Dec. 2, 2019

By John Liang  
December 2, 2019 at 1:45 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Pentagon's new intellectual property chief, a nascent Defense Science Board study on homeland air defense, a longstanding intelligence sharing alliance between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, and more.

We start off with a story on the first steps of the Defense Department's new intellectual property director:

Pentagon's new intellectual property chief gets to work

The Pentagon's new director of intellectual property began work last week focused on standing up a "cadre" of experts who can advise and train defense acquisition teams.

On Oct. 31, Mike Griffin, the Pentagon's top weapons technology official, tapped the Defense Science Board to form a task force on homeland air defense to assess the issue and recommend potential new technologies and a blueprint for how the military might best protect American air space in 2025, 2030 and 2035:

With 'domestic sanctuary' era ending, DOD preparing for homeland air defense

The growing proliferation of weapons with global reach is prompting Pentagon leaders to launch a study on the need for a robust domestic air defense capability to protect the entire nation -- which, since the advent of flight more than a century ago, has relied in part on two vast oceans as a buffer against adversaries attacking American citizens and soil with low-flying aircraft and missiles.

Document: DSB terms of reference memo for homeland air defense study

At a recent meeting of the "Five Eyes" military chief information officers in Canberra, Australia, officials discussed supply-chain concerns and potential industrial base cooperation:

DOD looks to collaborate on technology supply chain with 'Five Eyes' allies

The Defense Department and its fellow "Five Eyes" partners are discussing how they can work as a collective industrial base to manage supply chain security risks for emerging technologies, such as fifth-generation telecommunications systems.

Some Air Force news from last week, in case you missed it:

Air Force holds more tests, gears up for hypersonic weapon design reviews

The Air Force's armament directorate is planning more tests of the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon and Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon and expects to conduct system-level critical design reviews of the two Lockheed Martin platforms during the first half of calendar year 2020.

Air Force on track for Space Fence RAA next month

The Air Force expects its new Space Fence radar will meet the required assets available milestone next month, after completing operational tests Nov. 7.

Air Force to release final RFP for Combat Rescue Helicopter upgrades in May

The Air Force intends to begin soliciting proposals to upgrade its new personnel recovery aircraft next May and plans to award a contract in September 2021, according to a recent presentation to industry.

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