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The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 1, 2017

November 1, 2017 at 2:29 PM

Today's INSIDER Daily Digest features the latest from Boeing's innovation cell as well as news from a Professional Services Council conference and an Air Tanker Association event.

This morning, the new director of the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation office discussed DOD's budget options at the PSC event:

Pentagon CAPE chief maps out continued reliance on controversial OCO account

The Pentagon continues to rely on Congress to inject funding into its controversial Overseas Contingency Operations account to skirt legislative budget caps, especially with partisan gridlock over federal spending likely to continue, according to the Defense Department's chief of cost assessment and program evaluation.

Also today, Boeing's innovation cell announced its latest investment:

Boeing HorizonX invests in Gamma Alloys

Boeing HorizonX said today it has invested in Gamma Alloys, which aims to develop advanced metal-matrix composites.

Speaking with reporters at a breakfast, the Army Materiel Command chief made clear the service needs better access to technical data:

AMC’s Perna committed to ‘breaking the paradigm’ on contracting

As the Army shifts its focus toward a potential near-peer adversary, the service needs access to technical data packages to better maintain its equipment, according to the head of Army Materiel Command.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told attendees of the Air Tanker Association's conference that space could prove useful to mobility:

Goldfein, Everhart want to take air mobility mission to space

Air Force leaders are eyeing new technology that could leverage the space domain to support tanker and airlift missions.

And the Pentagon is pursuing a new reprogramming for the Air Operations Center Weapon System pathfinder.

AOC pathfinder funding stretched to December while DOD preps new reprogramming request

The Defense Department will ask Congress to reprogram $28.2 million for the Air Operations Center Weapon System pathfinder, shrinking the request by about $8 million after previously sought funding expired in September.

And finally, U.S. Special Operations Command and the Navy are meeting to discuss training together on Expeditionary Sea Bases.

Navy, SOCOM reinstate four-star talks, discuss ESB training

U.S. Special Operations Command and the Navy have reinstated four-star talks to address broader issues such as having both entities train on Expeditionary Sea Bases together, according to an official.