The INSIDER daily digest -- Feb. 12, 2020

By John Liang / February 12, 2020 at 1:44 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has coverage of DOD's spending on artificial intelligence plus the Army's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the Navy's proposed SSN(X) submarine, the Air Force's 3DELRR program and more.

We start off with Pentagon funding for artificial intelligence:

Pentagon to prioritize artificial intelligence for 'warfighting operations' with new budget increase

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2021 budget request would increase funding the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center as it begins the development and fielding of AI applications for warfighting operations, according to the center's director.

Turning to the services, here's some Army budget news on the Chinook helicopter and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle:

Army again pushing to cut Chinook Block II upgrade for active force

The Army is once again asking Congress to cut funding for the Chinook Block II upgrade for the active component after lawmakers restored funding for the program in the fiscal year 2020 budget.

Army stretching JLTV buy to 2042

The Army has decided to stretch Joint Light Tactical Vehicle procurement by three years, ending in 2042, to fund other priorities, such as the Bradley vehicle replacement.

. . . and some Navy budget news on the proposed SSN(X) submarine, new amphibious ships and the Next Generation Enterprise Network:

Navy's new budget proposal begins development of next-gen submarine

The Navy's latest budget request establishes the formal start of research and development for SSN(X), a next-generation attack submarine that is faster, stealthier and capable of carrying more torpedoes than its predecessor, the Virginia class.

Berger: Requirements evaluation team 'already underway' for new amphibious ships

The Marine Corps is using a requirements evaluation team method to pursue future amphibious ships, according to the service's commandant.

With contracts awarded, Navy starting NGEN-R transition

Having awarded both contracts that deliver its intranet, the Navy has begun planning efforts to transition both the hardware and IT services associated with the Next Generation Enterprise Network, according to service officials.

. . . as well as Air Force budget news on funding for the 3DELRR, Combat Rescue Helicopter and Advanced Battle Management System programs:

USAF budget highlights 'chronic' challenges in Raytheon's 3DELRR design, details next steps

Air Force budget documents point to "chronic technical challenges" with Raytheon's TPS-81 radar design as the impetus for the service's decision to scrap the Three-Dimensional Long-Range Radar program's acquisition strategy for a new rapid prototyping approach.

Air Force to accelerate procurement of HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopters

The Air Force is investing $1.6 billion more than expected in its HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter acquisition program over the next four years to buy the Sikorsky-built aircraft on a faster schedule, according to the service’s latest budget documents.

Air Force to inject $3.2 billion into Advanced Battle Management System over FYDP

The Air Force is planning a major investment into its joint all-domain command and control efforts over the next five years -- projecting expenditures of more than $3.2 billion to develop the Advanced Battle Management System.

Last but certainly not least, some cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

DOD cyber certification accreditation board chairman says funding, MOU in the works

The Defense Department's cybersecurity certification program hinges to large extent on the establishment of an accreditation body that will certify an army of third-party assessors, with the group's recently installed board chairman saying funding and language for a binding agreement with the Pentagon on roles and responsibilities are still in the works.

Pentagon to industry: Show us the 'barriers' to banning use of Chinese IT products

The Defense Department has announced plans for a meeting next month with industry officials to examine potential problems to a sweeping ban on the use of China-based Huawei and ZTE products by federal contractors, a move that marks a major milestone in broader federal efforts to counter cyber threats from Beijing.