The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 1, 2016

By Thomas Duffy / September 1, 2016 at 2:52 PM

The Pentagon's experimental office awards a contract, the Navy defends the Ford-class aircraft carrier, business news and more highlight this Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter's experimental office makes a contract award:

DIUx makes new award for autonomous tactical drone

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, the Pentagon's new technology prototype outreach team, has awarded a contract for an autonomous tactical airborne drone.

Members of Congress want to halt a billion-dollar arms sale:

Lawmakers seek to pause $1.15B tank sale to Saudis; question timing

Dozens of lawmakers have sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama in the hopes of postponing a $1.5 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia amid opposition to Saudi military actions in Yemen and reports of civilian casualties.

The Navy is going to bat for its newest aircraft carrier:

Navy defends five new technologies on CVN-78 that are target of OSD-directed review

The Navy is defending the five new technologies outfitting the next-generation megacarrier the Gerald R. Ford that are targeted in a new review directed by the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer.

The Defense Department gives more details about Data centers:

DOD shares more details about size, makeup of data center closure team

The Pentagon has shed more light on its announced plan to establish a new team to assess and recommend closing the most expensive and least efficient data centers.

The inspector general is looking at EUCOM's cyber operations:

DOD IG launches audit of EUCOM's cyberspace operations integration

The Pentagon's inspector general's office is launching an audit of U.S. European Command's integration of cyberspace operations in a study that is expected to be followed by other similar efforts to determine if combatant commands are incorporating cyber operations, according to a recent memo.

More IG news:

DOD IG launches two studies examining ISR needs in Middle East

The Defense Department inspector general's office is launching a set of studies examining the department's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts in the Middle East.

A contractor and the Navy are working UAS issues:

AeroVironment touts 'walk-on, walk-off capability'

AeroVironment is working with the Navy on incorporating and integrating its small unmanned aerial systems into Navy operations, the company's chief executive said this week.

More business news:

Harris moves to add two to board

Harris said this week former Boeing executive James Albaugh has been appointed to its board of directors, effective today. Additionally, Roger Fradin, a Honeywell executive, has been nominated for election to the board.