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The INSIDER daily digest -- July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017 |
John Liang
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The Senate Armed Services Committee's FY-18 defense authorization bill, missile defense and a new IDA report on Army modernization highlight this Monday INSIDER Daily Digest.

Provisions focusing on defense contractors as well as Army and Navy unfunded requirements are included in the Senate version of the FY-18 defense policy bill:

Senate policy bill devotes billions to Army's FY-18 unfunded requirements

Senate authorizers intend to provide the Army with billions of dollars in additional funding to support priorities outlined in the service's fiscal year 2018 unfunded requirements list.

Senate bill would require losing protest bidders to reimburse DOD

The Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill would require large contractors that lose their bid protests to cover the costs.

Senate panel approves nearly $8B increase of FY-18 funding for the Navy

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved an additional nearly $8 billion increase for Navy and Marine Corps unfunded requirements in the panel's mark of the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill.

The White House characterized the LTAMDS requirements and time line as "not feasible":

White House disagrees with House's LTAMDS provision

The White House is objecting to a provision in the House-passed fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill, outlining an acquisition strategy for the Army's 360-degree lower-tier air and missile defense sensor.

An IDA assessment is being used as leverage by lawmakers for the Army to reconsider its modernization plans:

IDA: Army air-land mobile tactical communications network will not meet operational needs

An independent assessment of Army communications modernization efforts -- a half dozen programs that carry a collective price tag of tens of billions of dollars -- concludes the network the service is fielding will not meet operational needs, a damning finding by the Institute for Defense Analyses that recommends a wholesale shake-up of the Army's air-land mobile tactical communications network.