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The INSIDER daily digest -- Jan. 10, 2017

January 10, 2017 |
John Liang
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News on the Navy's Columbia-class ballistic missile sub tops off this Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest:

Work on the Navy's Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program is proceeding, albeit not without its challenges:

Navy finds way to keep Columbia-class design work funded as contract negotiations continue

The Pentagon has modified an existing contract with General Dynamics for work on the Columbia-class submarine, a move intended to effectively provide a funding bridge to ensure the program's schedule -- which Navy leaders say has little margin for delay -- is not adversely affected by disruptions in finalizing a detail design and construction contract, now expected in "early" 2017.

More Navy news:

Navy pilots to start V-22 training at new detachment this year

The Navy will soon begin training aircrews and maintenance personnel on the V-22 Osprey as part of a new detachment at Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC, according to the service.

Navy convenes with industry to discuss over-the-horizon weapon for LCS

Navy officials met with companies last month to discuss the service's upcoming competition for a new over-the-horizon weapon planned for installation on Littoral Combat Ships and frigates.

Marines evaluating options on what G/ATOR program can afford if House approps mark stands

The Marine Corps is evaluating a variety of options on what the Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar program can afford if a mark from House appropriators stands.

Inside Defense recently chatted with Egan Greenstein, senior director of autonomous maritime systems for Boeing Military Aircraft:

Boeing executive says Liquid Robotics deal will 'accelerate the pace' for new technology

Boeing's purchase of ocean surface robot builder Liquid Robotics will significantly accelerate both companies' growth, according to a Boeing executive.

More defense contractor news:

Pentagon approves SM-6 international sales

The Defense Department has approved the Standard Missile-6 for international sales, as contractor Raytheon eyes Australia, Japan and South Korea as potential customers, the company said Jan. 10.

The Defense Innovation Board is worried about DOD cyber vulnerabilities:

Defense Innovation Board alarmed by cyber gaps in weapon systems; eyes future under Trump

The Defense Innovation Board approved a series of recommendations at a Pentagon meeting Monday, sounding the alarm over cyber vulnerabilities in U.S. weapon systems and pledging to continue advising the incoming Trump administration under defense secretary nominee James Mattis.

Document: DOD fact sheet on Defense Innovation Board recommendations

Some Army news:

Army official highlights next step for engaging industry

Following initiatives to communicate the Army's needs and capability gaps, the service now hopes to create an effective way for industry to respond with solutions, according to a service official.

AMRDEC issues call for aviation simulation proposals

The Army is seeking proposals from industry to support simulation efforts for current and future aviation platforms, according to a broad agency announcement on Federal Business Opportunities.