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The INSIDER daily digest -- June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018 |
John Liang

The House defense appropriations bill, the nuclear weapons infrastructure and more highlight this Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest.

Preliminary coverage of House appropriators' debate on the FY-19 defense spending bill:

House appropriators would rescind $870M in mostly weapon system funds

The House Appropriations Committee will begin debating a defense spending bill today that would rescind $870 million in funds previously allocated mostly for weapon systems, the largest cut being $115 million from the Navy's Tomahawk missile account.

Document: House appropriators' FY-19 defense spending bill, report


News on the nuclear weapons infrastructure:

DOD IG to begin NC3 supply chain audit this month

The Defense Department's inspector general is launching an audit this month of the nuclear command and control system's supply chain, the watchdog office said this week.

Document: DOD IG memo on NC3 supply chain audit


Senators propose DOD, DOE draft new plan to align nuclear modernization programs

Senators are flagging potential schedule problems for two nuclear weapon modernization programs and want the Defense Department and National Nuclear Security Administration to better align their work.

Pratt & Whitney hosted reporters at the company's aircraft engine facility in Brooklyn this week:

P&W wants to cut F135 sustainment cost in half as Pentagon hones in on life-cycle cost

NEW YORK -- The president of Pratt & Whitney's military engine group said this week the company is working to cut the cost to fly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's propulsion system in half over the next 10 years, telling reporters sustainment is a top priority for the engine manufacturer.

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants options ready for when the service's MH-53E helicopters retire:

Senate authorizers want Navy to explore a CH-53K derivative

Senate authorizers want the Navy to explore creating a derivative of the Marine Corps' new heavy-lift helicopter to provide capabilities lost when the Navy's MH-53E Sea Dragons retire, according to the report accompanying the committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill.

The Section 809 panel has a second volume of recommendations due out before the end of this month:

Acquisition reform panel takes aim at Pentagon's major program management

A panel tasked with helping the Defense Department streamline acquisition is readying a recommendation for the military to more effectively manage its big-ticket programs by administering them through "enterprise capability portfolios."

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