The INSIDER daily digest -- June 6, 2024

By John Liang / June 6, 2024 at 2:45 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Army developing larger-sized drones, the Pentagon's Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control (CJADC2) effort and more.

The Army has released a sources-sought notice that asks industry for information on designs for Group 4 and 5 drones -- those classified by the government as weighing more than 1,320 pounds:

Army issues notice with intent to field larger, multipurpose drones

The Army is formulating a plan to field larger classes of unmanned systems that can perform a variety of mission roles such as surveillance, reconnaissance, security, attack, precision strike, intelligence collection and command and control.

Last week, the Army awarded Palantir a $480 million contract to produce MSS prototypes, falling under a wider berth of contracts all aimed at mission command applications for combatant commands:

CDAO official reports witnessing Palantir demonstrations regarding CJADC2 effort

Palantir has already demonstrated improvements regarding the Pentagon's Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control (CJADC2) effort in line with the department's new Open DAGIR approach, according to a Chief Digital Artificial Intelligence Office official.

The Pentagon's acquisition chief will conduct the first U.S.-Japan Defense Industrial Cooperation, Acquisition and Sustainment Forum (DICAS) alongside his Japanese counterpart:

DOD acquisition chief heading to Japan to cement defense industrial cooperation

Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante is departing for a weeklong trip to Japan to reinforce defense industrial cooperation between Washington and Tokyo.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center wants to take out the risks from adversarial high-altitude balloons:

Air Force assessing ways to deal with high-altitude balloons one year after Chinese spy balloon debacle

More than a year after an alleged Chinese spy balloon broke into U.S. airspace simply by floating slowly at a high altitude, the Air Force is seeking ways to "mitigate, neutralize or eliminate" similar adversarial balloons, according to a recent request for information.

The head of the Missile Defense Agency this week said his agency is working to create a new deputy director position:

MDA moving to meet requirement for two-star deputy director billet

The Missile Defense Agency is taking steps to re-establish a deputy director position occupied by a two-star general or flag officer, a new statutory requirement for the organization that oversees 9,000 government and contractor personnel as well as a $10 billion annual budget.