This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on hypersonics as well as the Pentagon's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keep an eye out for a big hypersonic flight test taking place in the next few days:
The Defense Department appears set this week to conduct a flight experiment of a long-range hypersonic glide vehicle that -- if successful -- will advance Army and Navy plans to mature prototype designs for land- and sea-launched offensive strike weapons as soon as 2023 and 2025, respectively.
More long-range strike news:
The Air Force and National Nuclear Security Administration are evaluating options to minimize potential risks to delivering the Long-Range Standoff Weapon's new warhead and may propose shifting the first production unit delivery date.
Here's our coverage so far of the Pentagon's involvement in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic:
A $45 billion supplemental funding request sent to Congress to combat the COVID-19 outbreak includes $8.3 billion for the Defense Department in the form of an "Emergency Response Fund."
Document: OMB letter on COVID-19 funding
The Air Force confirmed today it has postponed an Advanced Battle Management System demonstration, slated for April, until June due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.
An upcoming contract financing study will be run by Janice Muskopf, director of pricing and contracting initiatives:
The Pentagon plans to take a "phased approach" to completing a contract financing study next year that could change the way defense contractors get paid.
A new Defense Department inspector general's report looks at the Pentagon's cyber red teams:
New audit finds DOD disregarding some cyber vulnerabilities while red teams can't meet mission requests
A new audit is again pointing to the Defense Department's shortcomings in cybersecurity, reporting DOD components did not always mitigate vulnerabilities or plan to address them in a variety of systems, while the department's cyber red teams are not meeting mission requests due to increased demand for their services.
Document: DOD IG report on cyber red teams