This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news from defense analysts and former Pentagon officials about what they think of the Trump administration's proposal to back a full-year continuing resolution for the upcoming fiscal year, plus a veto threat against the FY-20 defense policy bill and more.
We start off with a deep dive into what defense analysts and former senior Pentagon officials are saying about the White House's idea to back a full-year continuing resolution for fiscal year 2020:
More than a dozen GOP senators last week revolted against the Trump administration's current budget negotiation strategy, which they said calls for potentially funding the federal government with a stopgap spending measure for a full year and requesting Congress provide special exemptions for new Pentagon spending.
The Trump administration this week warned House lawmakers it was prepared to veto the FY-20 defense policy bill:
The Trump administration is threatening to veto the Democrat-led House's version of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill, arguing that, in addition to a litany of other flaws, it is underfunded by $17 billion.
The Trump administration is raising a "strong" objection to legislation that would block the Missile Defense Agency from flight testing the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA against an intercontinental ballistic missile target until the Pentagon's top weapons tester certifies it works against the shorter-range threats it was originally designed to defeat.
Here's a look at the musical-chairs situation among the top leadership positions in the Pentagon:
Senior defense officials are preparing to choreograph a complicated leadership succession process that will leave the Pentagon with its third acting defense secretary in less than a year.
Inside Defense recently chatted with Logan Jones, who heads Boeing's HorizonX innovation unit:
As its innovation cell, dubbed HorizonX, enters its third year, Boeing has created a new team focused specifically on connecting its portfolio companies with the larger corporation.
Here is more of our coverage of the Pentagon's latest omnibus reprogramming request:
The Next Generation Squad Weapon's schedule will slip if the Army does not receive congressional approval to reprogram $14.9 million for the effort, according to a service official.
Although the Pentagon did not ask for reprogramming authority for a key Air Force missile warning program in its recent omnibus request, the director of the Air Force's space acquisition programs confirmed today the service still intends to send a separate reprogramming to Congress in order to keep the program on schedule.
Last but certainly not least, check out this story about Air Force unmanned aerial systems:
The Air Force Research Lab's effort to rapidly field autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles enabled with artificial intelligence may soon have a formal procurement strategy and a place in the service’s fiscal year 2021 budget.