This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on DOD's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Heritage Foundation report on Air Force aircraft procurement, a proposed Navy Light Amphibious Warship and more.
We start off with our continuing coverage of the Pentagon's response to the coronavirus pandemic:
The Senate voted 96-0 to pass a final $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package that would provide an additional $10.5 billion in defense spending.
A new memorandum by the Navy's acquisition executive directs the service's research and development enterprise to make greater use of other transaction authorities and prototyping as a way to maintain the health of the industrial base during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Navy's acquisition executive says he is pushing the service to accelerate upcoming contract awards in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
The Heritage Foundation recently released a new report on Air Force aircraft procurement:
A new report from the Heritage Foundation highlights concerns about the Air Force's capacity and readiness shortfalls and suggests the service should shift some funding away from research and development to boost fighter and tanker procurement and reprioritize its F-35 beddown schedule to assure that forward-based, active-duty units receive the jet sooner.
The Navy is looking into a proposed Light Amphibious Warship:
The Navy is asking industry for input on a future Light Amphibious Warship, as the Marine Corps recalculates its force design to prepare for a near-peer fight in the Pacific.
Document: Light amphibious warship RFI
Sikorsky and Bell Flight have been chosen to build Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft prototypes:
The Army has chosen Sikorsky and Bell Flight to build prototypes for the competitive flight test phase of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, the service announced today.
Inside Defense this week interviewed Brig. Gen. Matt Easley, director of the Army's Artificial Intelligence Task Force:
The Army's Artificial Intelligence Task Force is developing an "AI ecosystem" to host data across all units.