This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Space-Based Infrared System follow-on effort, the Air Force's C-135 intelligence-gathering aircraft, the multibillion-dollar launch vehicle program, plus AUSA coverage and more.
Inside Defense obtained a draft of the Air Force's funding requirements for the Space-Based Infrared System follow-on effort:
The Air Force underfunded its Space-Based Infrared System follow-on effort by about $1.6 billion in its fiscal year 2019 budget request and may seek to recover that difference in FY-20, according to a draft of the program's funding requirements.
The Air Force is looking at how to increase the flying hours of its C-135 intelligence aircraft:
Air Force officials are considering ways to increase sustainment for the service's fleet of C-135 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to prepare them for peer conflict, as the platforms face a slew of engine and structural problems.
In a multibillion-dollar Air Force contract announcement yesterday, SpaceX, one of two companies currently certified to fly National Security Space payloads, was not awarded funding for launch vehicle development:
The Air Force announced Wednesday it has awarded more than $2.2 billion in other transaction agreements to Northrop Grumman, United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin to develop launch vehicles to compete for future national security space launches.
More of our AUSA coverage:
Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said a new aircraft readiness directive ordering the Air Force and the Navy to achieve 80 percent readiness rates for four key tactical fighter jets by the end of this fiscal year will help the Pentagon prove to Congress it is effectively spending a recent funding boost and make the case that further relief from statutory budget caps is warranted.
The official in charge of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle cross-functional team would consider replacing the M1A1 Abrams with a vehicle that is not a tank, a "distant" effort the Army plans to tackle after fielding the replacement for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
The Army is retooling its research and development accounts with an eye toward bolstering next-generation air and missile defense capabilities, plowing more than 50 percent of available science and technology funds into projects that aim to produce a directed-energy interceptor, according to a senior service official.
Delaying a milestone B decision to kick off the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the T-X trainer and GPS III Follow-on satellite constellation until the programs completed certain assessments could have national security implications:
Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper recently approved waivers for two major programs, the next-generation T-X trainer and the GPS III Follow-on constellation, bypassing requirements to conduct pre-milestone B design reviews and industrial technical risk assessments.