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The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 13. 2018

By John Liang  
September 13, 2018 at 2:33 PM

Coverage of the Air Force's Life-Cycle Industry Day in Ohio leads off this Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest.

Our coverage so far of the Air Force's Life-Cycle Industry Day in Dayton, OH:

Air Force training investment boost to continue in FY-20 budget

DAYTON, OH -- The head of Air Combat Command said this week the fiscal year 2020 budget will see additional funding for key training capabilities to support readiness -- like improved threat emitters for F-35 training, contracted adversary air support and additional flying hours -- but hinted the service continues to face difficult decisions about how to balance the need for near-term readiness with investment in more future-looking training technology.

Air Force fighter, bomber modernization bow-wave driving availability concerns

DAYTON, OH -- The program executive officer in charge of the Air Force's fighter and bomber fleets said this week his directorate is facing a significant modernization bow wave that is making it difficult to balance aircraft availability with the need for improved capability for an aging workhorse fleet.

Roper concerned about failure response as Air Force embraces section 804 authorities

DAYTON, OH -- As the Air Force looks for opportunities to use new rapid prototyping authorities, the service's acquisition executive said this week he's concerned early failures could lead to pushback from within the service and from lawmakers.

New PEO Digital to lead service-wide Agile DevOps implementation

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force’s battle-management program executive officer was tapped this week to become the service’s first PEO Digital as the service seeks to spread agile development and operations to a wide range of software programs.

Don't expect to see the Marine Corps' Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar Block 2 fielded this year:

G/ATOR on track for FY 2019 IOC, but no early fielding decision

The Marine Corps' Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar Block 2 is on track for initial operational capability in Fiscal Year 2019, but the service will not opt for a previously considered early fielding decision in 2018.

The Army recently issued an updated doctrine document on intelligence:

New Army intelligence doctrine focuses on multidomain operations

A document published by the Army this month details the role intelligence plays on the battlefield and the challenges to collecting intelligence within multidomain operations.

Document: Army's updated intelligence doctrine


It's cheaper to overhaul submarines at private shipyards, according to a new CBO report:

CBO: Attack sub overhauls have been less expensive at private shipyards than public

Despite the Navy's claims to the contrary, private shipyards are on average less expensive than public shipyards for the most common type of attack submarine overhaul, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Document: CBO report on sub maintenance


An Australian venture capital company is getting cash from Lockheed Martin Ventures:

Lockheed Martin Ventures invests in Australian innovation fund

Lockheed Martin today confirmed its venture capital arm has invested in Main Sequence Ventures, the VC firm managing the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Innovation Fund.

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