The INSIDER daily digest -- Oct. 22, 2019

By John Liang  
October 22, 2019 at 1:36 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on Lockheed Martin's quarterly earnings, Army missile defense, the effect of the continuing resolution on the Marine Corps budget, and more.

Lockheed Martin's CEO spoke about the Joint Strike Fighter program during an earnings call this morning:

Lockheed CEO says risk associated with replacing Turkey F-35 suppliers is covered by government

As Lockheed Martin works to replace Turkish suppliers on the F-35 program, the company's associated risk is covered by the U.S. government, according to the contractor's chief executive.

Inside Defense chatted with Lt. Gen. James Dickinson, head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command as well as the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, during last week's AUSA annual meeting:

Army's top air defender remains confident in GBI fleet after RKV termination

The Army's top air defender -- a key player in overseeing day-to-day operations of the Ground Based Midcourse Defense System -- voiced continued support for the fleet of ballistic missile interceptors in the wake of the Pentagon's decision to terminate the Redesigned Kill Vehicle, a move that will delay plans to modernize the current interceptor fleet.

Army sets new THAAD requirement in the wake of $10B dispute

The Army, which two years ago said it needed an additional $10 billion to fully fund its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense requirements, has recalibrated its need for the ballistic missile defense system that "balances" operational requirements and affordability, according to a senior service official.

Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, who leads Marine Corps Combat Development Command, spoke this morning at the National Defense Industrial Association's annual Expeditionary Warfare conference:

Marine Corps general: Stopgap CR is 'insanity'

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- A top Marine Corps official today slammed the stopgap continuing resolution that is keeping the government funded while the Senate remains stalled in the appropriations process.

Boeing's work on the Air Force's Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program is pretty much done:

Boeing: Air Force ends funding for GBSD technology-maturation contract

The Air Force has informed Boeing it will no longer provide funding toward the company's ongoing contract for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, essentially ending its work supporting the nuclear program.

Despite the Defense Department's refusal to comply with a House subpoena seeking documents related to a previous decision to withhold nearly $400 million of U.S. aid to Ukraine, a DOD official will still be deposed by House investigators this week:

Pentagon official will testify in House impeachment probe

A senior Pentagon official who oversees military policy on Ukraine is slated to testify this week before House committees conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity have continuing coverage of a proposed federal acquisition rule that would prohibit the government from buying electronics from China:

Industry coalition calls for 'annual certification' in federal ban on China-based IT products

A coalition of industry groups is urging the Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA to revise a federal acquisition rule issued this summer that bans the government from purchasing IT and video surveillance products from China, calling for an "annual certification" process to assist small businesses as well as other steps to make those requirements more specific.

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