The INSIDER daily digest -- Oct. 9, 2019

By John Liang  
October 9, 2019 at 1:59 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Pentagon's soon-to-be-released "adaptive acquisition framework," an Air Force cybersecurity and electronic warfare test facility, the Marine Corps' Amphibious Combat Vehicle program and more.

Stacy Cummings, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for acquisition enablers, this week gave a speech at a defense technology conference in National Harbor, MD:

Pentagon set to unveil 'adaptive acquisition framework' with six pathways

The Pentagon will soon release an "adaptive acquisition framework" with six distinct pathways for program managers to select from, according to a Defense Department official.

The Air Force has a new cybersecurity and electronic warfare test facility:

Air Force awards $93M contract to stand up cyber, electronic warfare test facility

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology has received a $93 million award to provide facilities at its military training range where the Air Force can develop operational cyber and electronic warfare capabilities in an "austere environment."

Lisa Porter, deputy under secretary of defense for research and engineering, this week revealed four use cases for Defense Department fifth-generation communications technologies:

DOD reveals four broad use cases for initial 5G experimentation

The Defense Department's initial use cases for fifth-generation communications technologies include virtual reality for training and simulation, "smart" bases, supply chain management, and depot automation, according to a top DOD official.

Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle Program Manager Col. Kirk Mullins during an Oct. 4 interview with Inside Defense said the program is still within its acquisition program baseline, but said the Marine Corps about a month ago chose to delay the beginning of IOT&E to July 2020:

Marine Corps delays IOT&E and full-rate production for new Amphibious Combat Vehicle

The Marine Corps has delayed the start of its initial operational test and evaluation stage for the new Amphibious Combat Vehicle after the program’s delivery schedule fell behind projections.

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

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