The INSIDER daily digest -- July 10, 2019

By John Liang  
July 10, 2019 at 2:47 PM

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:

Defense budget anxiety trends upward as GOP senators break with White House

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:

White House threatens to veto House 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.

White House raises 'strong objection' to delaying SM-3 Block IIA test against ICBM

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:

Pentagon prepares for newest senior leadership reshuffle

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:

Boeing's HorizonX establishes portfolio development team to create 'bridge'

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:

Army awaits reprogramming approval before fielding Next Generation Squad Weapon

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.

Air Force holding to its plan to request reprogramming authority for Next-Gen OPIR

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:

Skyborg team working with USAF leadership on acquisition strategy, future budget planning

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.

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