The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 6, 2019

By John Liang  
November 6, 2019 at 2:07 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the possible ramifications of extending current stopgap spending legislation for up to a year, plus defense acquisition officials meeting with industry and more.

We start off with a look at the Navy's spending projections if a continuing resolution is extended for six months to a year:

Navy says six-month CR would postpone carrier refueling, Virginia-class procurement

A six-month stopgap continuing resolution would postpone the Navy's ability to refuel one of its Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and purchase one Virginia-class submarine, according to a fact sheet obtained by Inside Defense.

Document: Navy fact sheet on effects of six-month, yearlong CR

The Air Force's top uniformed officer also spoke this morning about the effects of a CR on his service:

Goldfein identifies risks to Air Force projects amid continuing resolution talks

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein is warning about the risks that a potential six-month or yearlong continuing resolution could pose to planned new-start programs, production increases and military construction projects.

Document: Air Force fact sheet on effects of a six-month or yearlong CR

Goldfein, who spoke at an Air Force Association event, also discussed his service's efforts to build a "digital Air Force":

Goldfein: Air Force to shift $30B over FYDP to build 'irreversible momentum' for digital architecture

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said today the service's fiscal year 2021 budget submission aims to shift about $30 billion over the next five years from legacy programs into efforts that will help build the foundation for a "digital Air Force."

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Kevin Fahey, along with 10 other defense officials, will meet today with the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Defense Industrial Association and the Professional Services Council:

Pentagon acquisition officials to huddle with defense industry

The top three defense industry associations are scheduled to meet with a team of Pentagon acquisition officials today amid the finalization of significant changes to procurement policy.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper gave a speech this week at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence conference:

China exporting lethal, autonomous weapons to Middle East, Esper warns

The Chinese government is exporting armed drones advertised as being capable of "full autonomy," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday in a speech aimed at drawing distinctions between the United States and China's competing approaches to artificial intelligence.

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