The INSIDER daily digest -- March 30, 2020

By John Liang / March 30, 2020 at 2:05 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest is dominated by how the Pentagon and military services are coping with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We start off with how the Pentagon is involved in the procurement of medical supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic:

Pentagon takes key role on medical supply shortfalls, but timing remains in question

The Pentagon has taken on a key role aiding civilian agencies working to shore up key medical supply shortfalls amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, but it's unclear whether the timing of those actions will move fast enough to help mitigate the rapidly spreading virus in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 has also affected various Air Force and Army acquisition programs:

Air Force stands up COVID-19 AQ task force to support industry, keep programs on track

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper said late last week the service has stood up a COVID-19 acquisition task force to support industry and address concerns with program execution.

USAF to accelerate Skyborg solicitation, delay some AFRL testing amid COVID-19

The Skyborg vanguard program is ready to move beyond experimentation and release a solicitation to industry, according to the Air Force's acquisition executive.

Army anticipates delay of first integrated tactical network capability set

The director of the Army's network cross-functional team says the schedule of the first integrated tactical network capability set may slip amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Development of the Space and Missile Systems Center's GPS Operational Control Segment has been delayed:

SMC projects $378M GPS OCX hardware change will add 10 months to delivery schedule

The Space and Missile Systems Center on Friday revealed it has directed Raytheon, the prime contractor for the GPS Operational Control Segment, to replace the system's computer hardware -- a move that will add another 10 months to the program's schedule and cost the government an additional $378 million.

The Defense Department, in a legislative proposal sent to Congress, is warning lawmakers that an unclassified future years defense program could prove damaging to national security and "might inadvertently reveal sensitive information":

DOD wants to classify more information on future budget plans

The Pentagon wants Congress to back off a requirement that it establish an unclassified database detailing its five-year budget plans.

Document: DOD legislative proposal on classifying the FYDP

Last but by no means least, Raytheon has been awarded a multibillion-dollar contract to build Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptors:

MDA executes landmark multiyear procurement with five-year, $2.1B deal

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded its first-ever multiyear procurement deal, a $2.1 billion package more than five years in the making that calls for Raytheon to manufacture 230 Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptors for the Navy and Japan.