The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 8, 2019

By John Liang  
November 8, 2019 at 2:20 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Army's assured positioning, navigation and timing cross-functional team, an Air Force effort to communicate between F-22 and F-35 fighter aircraft via a secure data link, Navy Virginia-class submarine cost savings and more.

Inside Defense has more information on the Army's future Battle Management Command and Communication system:

Army CFT planning to develop system for multidomain sensor integration

The Army's assured positioning, navigation and timing cross-functional team is looking to bring a new "deep-sensing" capability to the force to aid multidomain operations and long-range precision fires.

Preston Dunlap, the Air Force's chief architect, spoke this week at the Defense One Outlook 2020 conference:

Air Force to demo secure communications between F-22, F-35 next month

The Air Force will test whether an F-22 and F-35 can communicate via a secure data link during a demonstration that’s expected to occur in December, according to a senior official.

Pentagon acquisition executive Ellen Lord has notified lawmakers that the office of cost assessment and program evaluation has estimated a savings of 6.8% for the nine-ship, Block V multiyear procurement contract to acquire new Virginia-class submarines:

Savings in Virginia-class Block V deal fall to 6.8% compared to 15% for Block IV

The Pentagon's independent cost estimators have pared back forecasted savings the Navy can expect to realize under a multiyear procurement of Virginia-class submarines from $2.5 billion to $1.8 billion, giving the planned 2019 deal the most anemic cost avoidance package achieved through a block buy in the program's two decades of consolidated purchases.

The Professional Services Council will host a meeting next week on behalf of the office of the under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment:

DOD to hold closed-door meeting on accreditation for upcoming cyber certification program

The Pentagon's acquisition office is seeking industry input on establishing an accreditation body for third-party auditors as part of a cybersecurity certification program for contractors, expected to be rolled out in some form next year.

Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, the Energy Department's Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, spoke at a Defense Writers Group breakfast this week:

NNSA rebalancing modernization, workforce efforts as result of continuing resolution

The National Nuclear Security Administration has already begun rebalancing its internal projects in response to the ongoing continuing resolution that keeps federal funding at fiscal year 2019 levels, according to a senior Energy Department official.