The INSIDER daily digest -- Jan. 20, 2023

By Thomas Duffy / January 20, 2023 at 1:42 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest leads off with the latest annual report from the Pentagon's testing shop, some satellite news, how AI is being used to observe the war in Ukraine, and news on space acquisition.

The Pentagon's top tester released his latest report:

DOT&E publicly releases single weapons assessment following transparency criticisms

The office of the Defense Department’s chief weapons tester has publicly issued a single annual report today, reversing course from the previous year in which it produced a second, non-public report for Congress containing “controlled unclassified information” on the performance -- or lack thereof -- of major weapon systems.

Satellite communications should be getting some improvements:

New SATCOM framework charts path to ‘resilient enterprise’

The Defense Department has established a three-phased, multiyear approach for modernizing command and control capabilities for satellite communications, according to a comprehensive plan released Wednesday by the office of DOD Chief Information Officer John Sherman.

The Defense Department is using AI to track events in Ukraine:

Pentagon using ‘AI tools’ to predict future aid for Ukraine

Touting the efficiency of the Pentagon’s ability to provide lethal aid to the frontlines in Ukraine, one top official said the Defense Department is using artificial intelligence to bring disparate data together and figure out what the Ukrainian military will need next.

The space acquisition executive talked this week about buying principles:

‘Simple formula’: Calvelli drills down on space acquisition principles

In his effort to reform the way the Pentagon buys satellites and their ground systems, Space Force acquisition chief Frank Calvelli said recently that four principles were key to driving speed in projects, refining a list of tenets he released in October.