The INSIDER daily digest -- Feb. 14, 2020

By John Liang  
February 14, 2020 at 2:23 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the multibillion-dollar JEDI Cloud effort, the Next Generation Interceptor program, an Army howitzer and more.

The Defense Department has been told to stop work on its multibillion-dollar JEDI Cloud effort:

Federal judge orders Pentagon to stop JEDI work; calls for Amazon to post $42M to cover delay

A federal judge today ordered the Pentagon to stop work under the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract and directed Amazon to post $42 million in security to potentially account for the cost of delaying the cloud services award.

The head of U.S. Northern Command spoke at a hearing this week:

NORTHCOM chief renounces 10-year NGI plan, reveals new effort to scale back requirements

The U.S. combatant commander responsible for defending the United States from North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles today publicly renounced the Pentagon's 10-year plan to develop a Next Generation Interceptor, revealing a new effort to scale back requirements for the guided-missile project in order to accelerate fielding.

Document: Senate hearing on NORTHCOM, STRATCOM

An Army self-propelled cannon is entering full-rate production:

New M109 howitzer to enter full-rate production

The Army has approved the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer, also known as Paladin Integrated Management, to enter full-rate production, Inside Defense has learned.

More Army news:

Army requests more than 40,000 IVAS units in FY-21

The Army wants to move the first Integrated Visual Augmentation System program into procurement in fiscal year 2021, asking for 40,219 units in its budget request.

Army releasing 'cloud plan' next month

The director of the Army's Enterprise Cloud Management Office says it is ready to release a two-year plan next month that will inform the service on how best to implement and use the cloud in the future.

Navy news:

Navy seeks $1B for CPS, sets FY-28 target for arming Virginia-class with hypersonics

The Navy is seeking $1 billion in fiscal year 2021 for the Conventional Prompt Strike program, providing the most detail to date about its plans to arm two submarine classes with a sea-launched, conventionally armed ultra-fast, maneuvering weapon for long-range strike options.

Navy again delays Large Surface Combatant acquisition schedule

The Navy again delayed its acquisition schedule for the future large surface combatant, a move that follows congressional concern the service was moving too quickly on the program.

Navy lowers cost estimate $200M on TH-73A program following Leonardo contract award

The Navy's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal would trim the procurement cost of a new training helicopter to $912 million down from $1.1 billion, a revised price tag that reflects the service's January contract award to Leonardo Helicopters.

Could the Space Force get a reserve component? The National Guard Bureau sure hopes so:

National Guard Bureau hopeful DOD will establish Space Force reserve component

The National Guard Bureau's space operations directorate expects that a report due in late March will lay out a plan to stand up a Space National Guard within the Space Force.

Air Tractor has lost its protest of the Air Force's light-attack aircraft prototyping award decision:

GAO dismisses light-attack aircraft protest as USAF opts not to proceed with the program

The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday ruled in favor of the Air Force's light-attack aircraft prototyping award decision, which Air Tractor had protested, claiming the service had improperly used its procurement authority.

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

Tech industry questions core elements of federal ban on Huawei products

The information technology industry is raising serious concerns about the unintended consequences of a federal ban on purchasing products from tech giant Huawei and other China-based companies, arguing regulatory language affecting defense and civilian agency contractors should be narrowed to limit its impact.

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