The INSIDER daily digest -- May 21, 2019

By John Liang  
May 21, 2019 at 2:25 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has coverage of a new GAO report on the Next-Generation GPS Operational Control System's schedule, the Air National Guard's plans for the proposed Space Force, an interview with the Army secretary and more.

GPS OCX contractor Raytheon is calling a new GAO report on the program "inaccurate":

GAO recommends independent assessment of OCX schedule

A new report from the Government Accountability Office urges the Defense Department to direct an independent review of the Next-Generation GPS Operational Control System's schedule, noting that the information could offer lawmakers and department leaders key information to mitigate risk of future delays.

Document: GAO report on GPS OCX

Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Scott Rice spoke at an Air Force Association breakfast this morning:

ANG director sees role for future 'Space Guard'

The director of the Air National Guard said today he has a team working closely with Pentagon leaders to make sure that the Guard component of the future Space Force remains lean and transitions to the new service smoothly and with minimal new bureaucracy.

Inside Defense interviewed the Army's senior civilian official this week:

Esper: Congress supports modernization

Army Secretary Mark Esper said this week that despite an early potential setback to the Army's fiscal year 2020 budget plans, he feels assured Congress and the service are aligned on funding shifts.

The White House Office of Management and Budget has sent congressional appropriators a letter listing the administration's objections to the House version of the FY-20 defense spending bill:

White House opposes House defense spending bill

The absence of a broad budget deal in Congress is being highlighted by the release of a White House letter opposing the defense spending bill crafted by House Democrats.

Document: OMB letter on House defense spending bill

House appropriators want the Air Force secretary to provide Congress detailed reports about two hypersonic prototyping projects:

House lawmakers question Air Force commitment to key hypersonic projects

House lawmakers are stepping up congressional oversight of the Air Force's Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon and Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon projects, arguing the Pentagon's new five-year spending plan indicates a potential lack of commitment to seeing them completed.

More coverage of the House Appropriations Committee's FY-20 defense spending bill:

House defense spending bill would rescind $3B

The House Appropriations Committee is poised to pass a fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill Tuesday that would rescind more than $3 billion from major weapon system programs.

House appropriators direct Navy to purchase four additional V-22s

The House Appropriations Committee is recommending the Navy procure four additional V-22 Ospreys in fiscal year 2020.

Pentagon's Space Force proposal lacks substance, House lawmakers say

House appropriators say the Defense Department's case to create a Space Force lacks substance and suggest in a draft of the fiscal year 2020 defense funding bill that the Pentagon can improve the military space enterprise without creating a separate service.