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The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 14, 2017

By John Liang  
November 14, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Hypersonic weapons, a new defense contractor executive-led advisory committee, services contractor SOS International and more highlight this Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest.

Hypersonic weapons could get closer to reality with the passage of the FY-18 defense policy bill:

Lawmakers set 2022 target for DOD to field 'early operational' hypersonic strike capability

Congress will soon vote on a defense policy bill that would require the U.S. military to plan for an "early operational" variant of a hypersonic strike weapon by 2022, setting a new statutory expectation for the Conventional Prompt Strike technology development effort.

The FY-18 defense authorization bill calls for setting up a new defense contractor executive-led advisory committee:

Defense policy bill would put industry execs on new technology advisory committee

The fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill negotiated by House and Senate lawmakers would establish a new Pentagon advisory committee focused on technology and composed, in part, of senior executives from U.S. companies.

Defense business news:

With new executives and another acquisition under its belt, SOSi seeks continued expansion

Services contractor SOS International this year completed another acquisition and has hired several new executives as it readies for additional growth.

The Army's security force assistance brigades will be getting more money:

Army reprograms $90 million for SFAB radios

The congressional defense committees have approved the Army's request to reprogram $90 million in fiscal year 2017 funds to support communications capability for the service's nascent security force assistance brigades.

Document: Army SFAB communications capability reprogramming request

The Navy's strike fighter community stands to get a boost from a new "Rhino Readiness Recovery" team:

Navy air boss stands up team to address strike fighter readiness

The Navy stood up a "Rhino Readiness Recovery" team to address readiness issues within the strike fighter community, according to the service's air boss.

The Marine Corps' Bold Alligator exercise is featuring a host of new technologies:

With hurricane relief underway, Bold Alligator focused on technology

Despite having to scale back its annual exercise to accommodate hurricane relief efforts, the Navy and Marine Corps demonstrated a slew of technologies during this year's Bold Alligator at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejune, NC, according to a Marine Corps official.