This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the possible successor to the Pentagon's canceled Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and more.
Inside Defense this morning interviewed House Armed Services cyber, innovative technologies and information systems subcommittee Chairman Jim Langevin (D-RI) about the next steps in getting the Pentagon an enterprise cloud capability:
The Defense Department is "behind the curve" in getting an enterprise cloud capability and cannot have further delays following the cancelation of the controversial Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program, the top lawmaker on the House Armed Services cyber and technology subcommittee told Inside Defense today.
News on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program's engine and testing schedule:
Pratt & Whitney is pitching a set of F135 engine upgrade options for the Joint Strike Fighter the company says could save the government billions in future sustainment costs and provide the engine performance needed to support Block 4 capabilities.
The head of the F-35 joint program office said today the program expects to finalize a new schedule estimate for the completion of the Joint Simulation Environment and the remaining slate of operational test events in August, informing a new program baseline and a long-awaited full-rate production decision.
The Pentagon's top civilian discussed artificial intelligence this week:
The Pentagon will invest $1.5 billion over the next five years into the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, according to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Continuing coverage of House appropriators' fiscal year 2022 defense spending bill:
The House Appropriations Committee today approved its fiscal year 2022 defense spending bill, despite the opposition of Republicans who argue funding should be increased substantially to compete with China.
The House Appropriations defense subcommittee is asking the Army to consider "alternative competitive acquisition strategies" for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle in its report accompanying the fiscal year 2022 spending bill.
House appropriators declined to fully fund the Defense Department's proposal for a yet-to-be-defined Guam Defense System, gutting the procurement request and trimming development spending for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's No. 1 modernization priority because the Pentagon has not addressed lawmakers' questions about the new capability.
The Senate Armed Services Committee this week held a hearing to consider several of President Biden's nominations, including that of Carlos Del Toro to become Navy secretary:
Navy Secretary nominee Carlos Del Toro said Tuesday the service would not make a decision about the nuclear sea-launched cruise missile until after the Biden administration completes its nuclear policy review.