This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a DOD inspector general's inquiry into CARES Act spending, the latest on the Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper program, coverage of the AUSA annual meeting and more.
The Pentagon inspector general is looking into whether the Defense Department misused its CARES Act funding:
The Defense Department inspector general has begun an investigation to determine whether the Pentagon acted appropriately when it spent hundreds of millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief aid to prop up defense contractors.
The Air Force wants to integrate the MQ-9 Reaper with a new open mission system computer:
The Air Force is looking to integrate the MQ-9 Reaper with a new open mission system computer called Stellar Relay that could strengthen the unmanned aircraft's utility for joint all-domain command and control as its traditional role monitoring and striking terrorism targets slows down.
The Army is seeking industry input on using satellite communications services for its logistics network:
The Army yesterday released a request for information to help inform potential use of satellite communications services to modernize the service's logistics network.
Maj. Gen. John George, commanding general of the Combat Capabilities Development Command under Army Futures Command, spoke this week during the Association of the United States Army's annual online conference:
Team Ignite, an Army Futures Command organization founded a year ago to help scientists generate new ideas for use in future battles, is working on new ways to bring technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics into the fold.
(Follow Inside Defense's coverage of the AUSA meeting here.)
Lawmakers have approved an Army request to immediately shift $10 million between fiscal year 2020 appropriated accounts to buy several AM General-built Hawkeye Mobile Howitzer Systems:
The Army is preparing to acquire a small set of humvee-mounted cannon prototypes, setting the stage to potentially replace light-tactical-vehicle-towed big guns with a new class of fast and nimble indirect fires to fight peer competitors like Russia and China.
Sikorsky and Boeing's SB-1 Defiant helicopter reached its highest speeds to date:
Sikorsky and Boeing's joint proposal for the Army's Future Long Range Assault Aircraft effort, the SB-1 Defiant, achieved speeds up to 232 knots using less-than-full engine power during a flight demonstration, according to company officials.
Lastly, some cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:
Tech industry seeks clarity on rollout of self-assessment under CMMC rule, timing to reach compliance
The Information Technology Industry Council is looking for details from the Defense Department on how the Pentagon will handle the implementation of DOD's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification based on an interim rule currently out for public comment.