The INSIDER daily digest -- Oct. 30, 2018

By John Liang  
October 30, 2018 at 2:14 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has continuing coverage of the president's proposed $33 billion defense budget cut, a new DOD rapid prototyping oversight structure, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and more.

The military-industrial complex is still coming to terms with a proposed $33 billion defense budget cut:

Washington adjusting to new budget conversation after White House orders defense cuts

The Washington defense community returned to work Monday morning after a weekend spent digesting the potential impact of a White House-directed $33 billion cut to the Pentagon's budget in fiscal year 2020, a reduction Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan confirmed Friday.

Here's the news that started the hand-wringing last week:

Shanahan: DOD is building two budgets and one is $33B less than planned

Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said Friday the Pentagon is building two budgets: one that accounts for total defense spending of $733 billion and one for $700 billion, the amount President Trump has said the he will "probably" seek in fiscal year 2020.

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Kevin Fahey spoke recently at a Professional Services Council conference in Falls Church, VA:

Senior acquisition official says DOD working on new rapid prototyping oversight structure

Congress has given the military a new tool to sidestep traditional acquisition system requirements while rapidly prototyping and fielding promising technologies, but the Defense Department is still wrestling with how best to manage the new authority, according to a senior Pentagon official.

News on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's Autonomic Logistics Information System:

Next ALIS update will enable connecting to Navy legacy IT systems

The Navy expects the next update to the F-35's logistics information system in "mid-2019" to enable it to connect to its legacy information technology systems, according to a service spokeswoman.

The Army this week published a special notice announcing a Lower Tier Air Missile Defense Sensor "sense-off" between May and June:

Army sets 2022 fielding date for LTAMDS, plans radar 'sense-off' competition for next year

The Army is accelerating fielding of the Lower Tier Air Missile Defense Sensor by five years and planning a radar competition next year at White Sands Missile Range, NM, as part of a new acquisition strategy for the Patriot radar modernization project.

China's new cybersecurity inspection rule comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and China over hacking and other economic espionage activities:

China's new cyber rule grants law enforcement broad authority to inspect private companies

China's Ministry of Public Security has issued a new cybersecurity regulation -- taking effect on Nov. 1 -- that will grant regional law enforcement broad authority to inspect companies to ensure they register as a "network-using entity," among other measures laid out in China's landmark cybersecurity law enacted last year.

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