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The INSIDER daily digest -- July 11, 2018

By John Liang  
July 11, 2018 at 1:59 PM

The Pentagon's cloud computing strategy leads off this Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest.

DOD CIO Dana Deasy spoke today at the Defense Systems Summit in Arlington, VA:

Pentagon CIO reviewing JEDI cloud strategy

The Pentagon chief information officer says his office is reviewing the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure acquisition strategy, but he declined to set a new date for releasing the final solicitation.

The Defense Science Board is ramping its activities back up again, now that certain Pentagon positions have been filled:

Presidential transition delayed Defense Science Board projects by more than a year

The Pentagon's influential Defense Science Board was tasked to study five key areas in emerging military technology in May 2017, but those efforts were paused following governmental reorganization from the presidential transition. The studies, which have been delayed by more than a year, are now being re-ordered.

Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing and DARPA held a a media briefing this week on the Experimental Spaceplane:

Aerojet completes key engine demonstration for DARPA's Experimental Spaceplane

As the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's Experimental Spaceplane program approaches its first subsystem-level critical design review next month, the program's propulsion provider last week completed a key testing demonstration, proving the engine can support the reusable spaceplane's anticipated fast-paced operational tempo.

The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance held an event on Capitol Hill this week. Here's our coverage:

MDA working with space community on hypersonic defense

The Missile Defense Agency is working to better integrate its sensors with those owned by the broader national security space community to track hypersonic missiles, according to an MDA official.

Army considers its place in joint missile defense

The Army's Initial Maneuver-Short-Range Air Defense system is one of the service's first steps to bring back systems it has allowed to "atrophy," according to the deputy chief of staff (G-9).

Could old F-16s be flown without pilots? Researchers at the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute think so:

Mitchell Institute suggests using old F-16s as autonomous teammates, but AFRL chief raises questions

The Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute this week proposed the service consider pulling Lockheed Martin F-16 jets from the boneyard to repurpose them as autonomous aircraft that can fight in tandem with other platforms like the B-21 and F-35, arguing fleets of autonomous aircraft are a cost-effective way to bolster combat capacity.