The INSIDER daily digest -- Dec. 3, 2019

By John Liang  
December 3, 2019 at 2:02 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the ongoing effects of the continuing resolution on defense spending, plus coverage of the Joint Strike Fighter program and more.

We start off with defense budget news, specifically the ongoing continuing resolution:

Inhofe says GOP and Dem leaders must break defense policy bill 'logjam'

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said today the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill is being "held hostage" by legislative disagreements beyond his committee's jurisdiction and can only be finalized by Republican and Democratic party leaders.

Budget impasse delays DOD progress payments study

Congress' inability to pass a fiscal year 2020 budget is delaying the start of a Pentagon study that could change the way defense contractors have been paid for years.

Army official: Extended continuing resolution would impact STE efforts

An extended continuing resolution would impact the Army's Synthetic Training Environment efforts, according to a service official.

The Joint Strike Fighter program office is in the midst of a 180-day sprint to deliver major improvements to its software development environment:

F-35 JPO to sole-source DevSecOps support to Amazon provider

The F-35 joint program office is preparing to award Amazon a sole-source contract to support its "digital transformation" and incorporate a more agile, secure and rapid software development approach.

General Dynamics has been awarded a multibillion-dollar Virginia-class submarine contract:

Navy awards GD Electric Boat $22 billion modification for Virginia Block V multiyear contract

The Navy today announced a $22.2 billion contract modification to General Dynamics Electric Boat for Block V of the Virginia-class submarine program.

The National Spectrum Consortium this week released two draft "request for prototype proposals," or RPPs, for DOD's "5G-Next G" program:

Pentagon issues draft 5G proposal requests for smart warehouses, dynamic spectrum sharing

The Defense Department through an industry consortium today issued the first two draft solicitations for fifth-generation telecommunications technology development, formally kicking off a new effort to determine how the military can best make use of high-speed wireless networks and interconnected devices.

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