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The INSIDER daily digest -- July 12, 2018

By John Liang  
July 12, 2018 at 2:06 PM

The Pentagon's plans for a clean audit, the Air Force's Compass Call aircraft replacement program and more highlight this Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest.

Senate lawmakers are asking: "Why has DOD, which routinely fields history's most technologically advanced weapons, been unable to develop or acquire modern financial IT systems?"

Senators want GAO to review Pentagon plans for a clean audit that could take 10 years

Senior members of the Senate Budget Committee, concerned it may take the Defense Department 10 years to achieve a clean financial audit, are asking the Government Accountability office to review the matter, with a special focus on whether DOD is acquiring the proper information technology systems to do the job.

The first EC-37B Compass Call aircraft will be delivered a year later than planned:

First Compass Call delivery to warfighters pushed into 2023, BAE says

Air Force operators will now receive the first EC-37B Compass Call in 2023, not 2022 as the service expected earlier this year, a BAE Systems spokesman said this week.

Kratos' chief executive tells Inside Defense the company expects its target drone business to grow significantly this year:

Focused on drone business, Kratos hires retired four-star, partners with another contractor

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, readying to grow its tactical and target drone businesses, has opened a new facility, teamed with another contractor to bolster its capacity and hired a former four-star Air Force general as a consultant.

The Defense Innovation Board held a meeting this week at DIUx headquarters in Mountain View, CA:

Military's new AI center aims to accelerate fielding, attract 'world-class' talent

The U.S. military's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will be crucial to scaling AI and machine learning across the department and into operations, as well as attracting talented engineers to work with the Defense Department, according to DOD officials.

The B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization effort is going to cost more than originally planned:

Air Force projects $300M cost growth after B-2 DMS-M design change

The Air Force has approved a new service cost position for the B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization effort, projecting a $300 million increase to the program's cost.

An Army program that picks up civilian-trained tech experts to join as officers to work on cybersecurity saw its first two recruits sworn in recently:

First direct-commissioned Army Cyber Command Officers graduate

The first two direct-commissioned officers for the Army's Cyber command have taken the oath of office at Ft. Benning, GA, and up to five more may be joining their ranks through the service's pilot program.

News on the status of the FY-19 defense authorization bill:

Defense authorizers aim for rapid completion of final bill, despite differences

The "Big Four" House and Senate defense authorizers agree that a conference committee should be able to finalize a compromise version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill by the end of this month, despite several differences between them.

Some of the concepts from "Pilot Training Next" are beginning to filter into pilot training and will be baked in over time:

Hardware investments, more experiments stem from 'Pilot Training Next'

Some Air Force units are latching onto an experiment run by Air Education and Training Command aimed at tailoring and accelerating the pilot-education process, as squadrons start to adapt the software and hardware to their own needs.