Today's INSIDER looks at the repercussions of DOD scaling back a recently awarded cloud contract, the reason behind a smaller Navy-Marine Corps unfunded list, talks between North and South Korea, a Navy aircraft carrier buy, and the nomination of the next CYBERCOM chief.
We start with the recent nearly $1 billion contract award the Pentagon has now shaved back to $65 million:
REAN Cloud says it is disappointed with the Pentagon's decision to dramatically reduce the scope of its nearly $1 billion contract for cloud migration services, blaming “the old guard” of defense contractors for holding back the U.S. military from harnessing innovative technologies.
Senior Navy officials claim a bigger budget in 2019 has allowed them to pare back on their annual unfunded priorities list:
The Navy and Marine Corps have requested roughly $1.7 billion in their fiscal year 2019 unfunded priorities list, a number that is drastically lower compared to previous years, because of an increase in top line budget funding, according to the Navy secretary.
A White House official is urging caution over possible upcoming talks between the two Koreas:
The Trump administration expects to have further discussions in the coming week with South Korean officials about high-level diplomatic talks they have begun with North Korea, but a senior White House official urged skepticism and calm.
The Navy may be able to save American taxpayers millions of dollars by doubling up on buying the next two aircraft carriers:
If the Navy pursues a block buy strategy for its next two aircraft carriers (CVN 80 and 81), the service anticipates it will save between $1 billion and $2.5 billion, according to the service's top acquisition official.
The nomination of the next head of U.S. Cyber Command took another step this week:
The nomination of Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone to be chief of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency is headed to the full Senate for a confirmation vote, according to a statement from the Senate Armed Services Committee.