The INSIDER daily digest -- Oct. 8, 2019

By John Liang  
October 8, 2019 at 2:32 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has a look at a recent report to Congress on "Fourth Estate" efficiencies, the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA program, the Army's tactical network capability and more.

The Pentagon's chief management officer writes in a recent report to Congress that "a 25 percent reduction is dramatic to any function in a single year," especially considering DOD is "a complex enterprise" with "wartime requirements":

Pentagon proposes 5% cut to Fourth Estate; Congress sought 25%

The Defense Department's chief management officer says about 5% can be cut from the Pentagon's so-called "Fourth Estate" civilian management agencies next year, falling far short of the reductions Congress hoped to see.

Document: DOD CMO's report to Congress on Fourth Estate efficiencies

The Standard Missile-3 Block IIA program has received the go-ahead to begin production:

Pentagon approves initial production for U.S.-Japan SM-3 Block IIA program

The Pentagon's acquisition executive has cleared the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA program, in co-development since 2006 with Japan, for transition to production -- signaling confidence in the interceptor after early flight-test challenges and setting the stage for the rollout of a major operational enhancement to the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

More than 425 Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard units last month completed fielding of the service's latest software and hardware baseline:

Army completes two-year software baseline reduction effort

The Army recently completed a two-year effort that modernized the service's tactical network capability and reduced the number of software and hardware programs in hundreds of service units.

Navy acquisition chief Hondo Geurts spoke at a defense technology conference in National Harbor, MD this morning:

Geurts says Navy's major programs will not suffer severe impacts from CR

A senior Navy official today said the current continuing resolution will not cause any "egregious" problems with the service's major defense acquisition programs.

The Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle program was scheduled to award a detail design and construction contract for a prototype by the end of fiscal year 2019, but that has been delayed:

MUSV schedule delayed several months, prototype award now planned in 2020

An experimental unmanned surface vessel program initiated by Pentagon research agencies and bound for the Navy has fallen behind schedule by several months with a contract to build a prototype now expected early next year.

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