This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Defense Department's latest annual report on Chinese military capabilities, the Navy's reorganization of its R&D enterprise, a new Air Force strategy paper and more.
We start off with the Pentagon's annual report to Congress on China's military capabilities:
China is "is already ahead of the United States" in shipbuilding, missile technology and integrated air defense systems, according to the Pentagon's latest annual report on Chinese military strength.
Document: DOD's 2020 report on China
Inside Defense recently obtained a memo on the Navy's reorganization of its R&D enterprise:
Top Navy officials last month determined that two senior billets, charged with directing the service's $2 billion research and development enterprise, should no longer be "dual-hatted" by a single two-star admiral, according to a memorandum obtained by Inside Defense.
Document: Navy memo on reorganized R&D enterprise
The Air Force's chief of staff released a new strategy paper this week:
In a new strategy paper released Monday, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown appears to build on his predecessor's drive to divest from legacy programs and reinvest in modernized, networked capabilities, saying the service has a "unique, but limited" opportunity to make significant changes to prepare to counter future threats.
Lockheed Martin this week received a $187.5 million award and York Space Systems a $94 million contract for each to build 10 Space Development Agency transport layer satellites:
The Space Development Agency on Monday awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin and Denver-based York Space Systems to develop the first 20 satellites of its transport layer, slated to be developed and launched in two years.
Inside Defense recently chatted with AFWERX Director Col. Nathan Diller:
AFWERX is considering launching more programs in dual-use technology sectors while also eyeing export options for its inaugural Agility Prime effort that's pushing to bring electric vertical takeoff and landing providers to market amid the COVID-19 pandemic.