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The INSIDER daily digest -- Feb. 7, 2018

By John Liang  
February 7, 2018 at 1:44 PM

The Navy's shipbuilding plans under the Trump administration, DOD's overall FY-19 budget proposal, Army robotics and much more highlight this Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest.

An Inside the Navy analysis that looks into whether the Trump administration has kept its promise to grow the Navy to 350 ships:

After a year in office, Trump administration yet to lay budget groundwork for 350-ship Navy

President Trump came into office a year ago promising to grow the Navy to 350 ships, a vow cheered by shipbuilders and congressional supporters.

With Senate lawmakers nearing an FY-18 budget deal, a look at what the Pentagon's FY-19 spending proposal will be missing:

DOD's FY-19 budget proposal will rest on a key missing figure: An enacted FY-18 amount

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2019 budget request, set to be sent to Congress next week, will be missing a key figure -- the Defense Department's actual prior-year allocation, a figure that not only provides context for the new proposal but also provides a foundation for the military's latest fiscal plan and accompanying four-year projection.

Robotics development could be risky for the Army:

Army trying to fast-track acquisition for robotics programs

The Army is "taking risks in favor of accelerating programs," particularly robotics, according to a service official.

More on Army robotics:

Army official: Robotics funding spike coming in FY-19

Robotics and autonomous systems have quickly taken over a larger share of the Army's investments for modernization and will continue to do so, according to Maj. Gen. John George.

The Pentagon's latest operational test and evaluation report looks at the Tomahawk missile program:

DOT&E: Navy lacks anti-ship Tomahawk missile plans beyond IOC

The Navy intends to field an upgraded Tomahawk missile in fiscal year 2022, but has not provided plans to assess that weapon's lethality against its intended target set, according to a report from the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

Check out Inside Defense's full DOT&E report coverage →

This week will determine how the Air Force addresses physiological problems experienced by pilots flying the T-6 training aircraft:

Air Force to determine way ahead for T-6 return to flight at Feb. 8 meeting

The Air Force will hold a conference this week to determine the next steps for addressing a recent string of physiological events that has grounded the T-6 training jet.

Document: House hearing on military aircraft physiological episodes

The Army Capabilities Integration Center will soon have new leadership:

ARCIC poised for leadership changes

Nearly a year after the departure of its last permanent director, new leaders have been tapped for the Army Capabilities Integration Center.

Power and energy will soon be part of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental's focus areas:

DIUx adding 'power and energy' to technology portfolios

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental plans to add power and energy to the list of commercial technologies the organization seeks to cultivate and pull into the defense industrial base, according to a DIUx program manager.

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Fire support for amphibious operations is increasing in importance for the Navy:

Navy revalidating high-volume fires requirements for amphib operations

The Navy is revalidating the requirements for high-volume suppressive fires in support of amphibious operations, according to a top expeditionary warfare official.

Keep an eye out for an upcoming Marine Corps Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar cyber test:

Marines will conduct G/ATOR follow-on cybersecurity assessments

The Marine Corps will conduct a follow-on cooperative vulnerability penetration and adversarial assessment on the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar.

The Army is looking into additional uses of hydrogen fuel cells:

Army exploring uses for fuel cell technology beyond vehicles

A program using hydrogen fuel cells to reduce a vehicle's detectability has revealed other potential uses for the technology, which the service is exploring.