The INSIDER daily digest -- May 10, 2019

By John Liang  
May 10, 2019 at 2:05 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a briefing held by Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord and more.

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord spoke with reporters today. Here's our coverage so far:

Pentagon wants to hook tech companies up with 'trusted' venture capitalists to block China

The Pentagon intends to launch a program next month to connect small, but promising technology companies with "trusted" venture capitalists, rather than risk the companies going into business with Chinese investors.

DOD sharing information on C-UAS solutions with warfighter senior integration group

The Defense Department is looking to enhance information sharing on counter-unmanned aerial system solutions by holding monthly meetings between combatant commanders and service representatives in Pentagon headquarters, with a current emphasis on Afghanistan and Iraq.

Lord says next F-35 deal could be done by July; negotiations with Turkey continue

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the agreement to purchase Lot 12 of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from Lockheed Martin could be complete by July.

The Navy variant of the Osprey will include three major alternations from the Marine Corps' MV-22:

First CMV-22 slated for delivery in late 2019

The Navy anticipates delivery of its first CMV-22 Osprey in late calendar year 2019, according to the manager of the V-22 joint program office.

The Government Accountability Office warns the Navy's Gerald Ford-class aircraft carriers could have cost overruns:

GAO: Follow-on Ford-class carriers at risk of cost cap breach

A government watchdog is warning of future cost cap breaches in the Navy's Gerald Ford-class aircraft carriers despite the service's efforts to increase construction efficiencies and strike a multiship buy estimated to save $4 billion.

Document: GAO's 2019 weapon systems annual assessment

Upgrades to both Littoral Combat Ship variants, which have been collectively dubbed LCS Lethality and Survivability, are being planned in two phases:

Navy streamlining LCS upgrade installations starting in FY-23

The Navy is setting the groundwork this year to streamline the installation of several capability upgrades to both Littoral Combat Ship variants during the future years defense program.

Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Christian Wortman, who leads the service's Warfighting Lab, spoke with reporters this week:

USMC to experiment with 'large number' of unmanned systems in summer exercise

The Marine Corps is "actively experimenting" with unmanned systems, planning to utilize them in an exercise this summer on the East Coast.

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