The INSIDER daily digest -- Oct. 13, 2020

By John Liang / October 13, 2020 at 1:52 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a billion-dollar Pentagon reprogramming request, plus coverage of a pair of recent Defense Science Board studies and more.

The Pentagon recently posted congressional responses to a billion-dollar reprogramming request as well as a large omnibus request made in June:

Pentagon wants to transfer $1.7B, tapping savings from COVID-19 restrictions

The Pentagon is requesting approval from Congress to reprogram $1.7 billion in defense funds across a range of programs, identifying some areas where funds are available for transfer because of training reductions and facility closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Document: Congressional responses to DOD reprogramming requests

The Defense Science Board Task Force on 21st Century Multi-Domain Effects has issued an executive summary of its report:

DSB task force on multidomain effects calls for faster, more integrated, more lethal force

The Defense Science Board is recommending an eight-point plan to refashion the U.S. military into a faster, less detectable, more integrated and lethal force prepared for a conventional fight against a near-peer adversary.

Document: DSB executive summary of 21st century multidomain effects study

In case you missed it, Lockheed Martin expects hypersonics to be big business and late last week announced an acquisition:

Lockheed agrees to buy hypersonics portion of i3

Lockheed Martin has agreed to acquire the hypersonics portfolio of Huntsville, AL-based software and systems engineering company Integration Innovation, known as i3.

The Defense Department last week awarded contracts under its expansive 5G prototyping campaign, aimed at leveraging "dual-use" technologies with applicability to both military and commercial systems:

Pentagon announces $600M in 5G experimentation and testing awards

The Pentagon has granted $600 million in awards to multiple companies to experiment and test fifth-generation wireless communications technologies at five U.S. installations.

The Defense Science Board recommends the Pentagon adopt a comprehensive counter-autonomy strategy that starts with establishing a new senior official to oversee such efforts:

Pentagon advisory panel calls for DOD to establish counter-autonomy czar

An influential Pentagon advisory board says the U.S. military is laying the groundwork for autonomous weapons systems, but not sufficiently preparing to deal with such technologies in the hands of adversaries.

Document: DSB executive summary of counter autonomy report