The INSIDER daily digest -- July 14, 2021

By John Liang / July 14, 2021 at 1:29 PM

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:

Key lawmakers want transparency and congressional oversight in JEDI follow-up

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:

P&W proposes F-35 engine upgrade options, works to reduce maintenance backlog

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.

New F-35 JSE, operational testing schedule expected in August

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:

DOD investing $1.5 billion in AI over the next five years

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:

House appropriators advance defense spending bill without GOP support

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.

House appropriators ask about alternative JLTV contracts

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 panel guts MDA's Guam Defense System procurement request, calls lack of detail 'troubling'

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:

Del Toro: No SLCM-N decision until after nuclear posture review

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.

Document: Senate hearing on SECNAV, DOD comptroller nominations