The INSIDER daily digest -- May 21, 2020

By John Liang / May 21, 2020 at 1:49 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Air Force's ICBM replacement program, a review of the Pentagon's space-based missile warning architecture and more.

Inside Defense recently interviewed Brig. Gen. James Sears, the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center's new commander:

Air Force sets up combined GBSD developmental, operational testing team

The Air Force is standing up a joint developmental and operational test force that integrates military, civilian and contractor personnel to support the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent and serve as a model for future programs.

Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond spoke during a Defense Writers Group conference call this week:

JROC approves space enterprise review of future missile warning, missile defense architecture

The Joint Requirements Oversight Council recently signed off on an enterprise review of the Defense Department's missile defense and missile warning architecture, Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond told reporters this week.

Check out our coverage of the Army's Terrestrial Layer System:

Army begins prototyping phase for Terrestrial Layer System

The Army is planning to conduct a series of soldier touchpoints, or user evaluations, and operational assessments for the Terrestrial Layer System and expects to have the first unit equipped in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, according to a service official.

Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin spoke this week at an online briefing hosted by the Washington Space Business Roundtable:

Griffin 'worried' federal pandemic spending spree could blow back on new weapon plans

Mike Griffin, the Pentagon's chief technology officer, said he is concerned that weapon system research and development spending will soon be squeezed as the federal deficit mounts in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak and pressure grows to rein in federal spending -- a view he said should come as no surprise to anyone.

The request for proposals for the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program anticipates initial quantities will fall somewhere between 16 to 64 engines, followed by continuous orders over a 17-year period:

Air Force solicits engine bids for B-52 CERP

The Air Force this week released a formal solicitation for the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program and plans to award a contract by June 2021.