This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has coverage of a new Defense Intelligence Agency report on space security, a multibillion-dollar foreign military sale of THAAD interceptors to Saudi Arabia, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program and more.
Defense intelligence and policy officials spoke on background with a small group of reporters this morning:
A defense intelligence official told reporters today that the biggest threat to U.S. space superiority is likely not a single adversary capability, but rather actions in recent years by Russia and China to better organize and integrate space capabilities within their militaries -- actions that could help the Pentagon as it makes a case to create a new Space Force.
Saudi Arabia is inching toward getting THAAD interceptors:
The Missile Defense Agency is readying a potential $15 billion contract with Lockheed Martin to buy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems for Saudi Arabia, a deal in the works for years that would in a single package outfit the desert kingdom with seven batteries -- equivalent to the Army's current THAAD ballistic missile defense capabilities for the entire globe.
Document: MDA notice on THAAD sale to Saudi Arabia
A spokesman for the program executive office of combat support and combat services support said the government -- which has spent more than $1 billion on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle -- is now considering potential changes to the vehicle to improve visibility, make the truck less noisy and add more seats in the utility variant:
The Army is delaying plans to begin full-rate production of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, originally slated for December 2018, until as late as early summer to assess options for vehicle-design changes suggested by soldiers and Marines during testing and evaluation in a move that could push the $28 billion program toward a schedule breach.
A recent Government Accountability Office report focused on non-operational positions that require aviation expertise, including those in the RPA career field:
Despite progress in career advancement for remotely piloted aircraft pilots, the Air Force has not evaluated its process for efficiently managing certain staff positions, according to a congressional watchdog.
Document: GAO report on UAS non-pilots
Inside Defense is closely following the Pentagon's plans for the FY-20 Overseas Contingency Operations budget request. In case you missed it, here's a free version of a story we ran last week:
The Defense Department is preparing to ask Congress for an increase of more than $100 billion in its controversial warfighting account to skirt a mandatory budget cap, but some government officials are worried it will only further the account's appearance as a slush fund.