The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 14, 2020

By John Liang / September 14, 2020 at 1:32 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Pentagon's role in recommending companies to a virtually unused Treasury Department COVID-19 rescue fund and more.

A Treasury Department COVID-19 rescue fund, which has gone almost entirely unspent because most contractors disliked the terms, is also the subject of behind-the-scenes debate on Capitol Hill:

DOD scrutinized over role in bailout fund that has drawn little interest from big companies

The Pentagon is being pressed by a congressional watchdog to explain its role in recommending to the Treasury Department companies to receive loans from a $17 billion COVID-19 rescue fund.

The Air Force Research Laboratory and contractor SRC for several years have been developing the Agile Condor high-performance embedded computing architecture to quickly and in real time process large amounts of sensor data with relatively little power:

DOD plans more demos of Agile Condor edge computer for autonomous drone ops

The Pentagon is planning more tests of the Agile Condor pod that enables an MQ-9 Reaper to autonomously surveil targets with artificial intelligence -- such as algorithms developed by Project Maven -- for extended periods, even if connection to the ground station is lost.

Inside Defense recently interviewed Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Technologies executives about the case they've made to the Missile Defense Agency for their Next-Generation Interceptor proposal:

Northrop, Raytheon pitch NGI proposal that stresses incumbency backed by innovation

Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Technologies are pitching a Next-Generation Interceptor design backed by what they say are engineering teams with unparallel experience knocking down targets in space and knowledge of today's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system -- promising a unified, "seamless" corporate team to deliver a new booster and kill vehicle as if from a single company.

The Army's Robotic Combat Vehicle program has software problems:

Army official shares insights from RCV experiment

The Army's first soldier experiment for the Robotic Combat Vehicle effort showed some software issues that need some work, according to one of the officials involved.

The Army is unveiling an Open Innovation Lab for both government and industry partners to develop position, navigation and timing technologies, including for GPS-contested environments:

Army PEO IEW&S launches innovation lab within new modernization office

The Army's Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors announced this week it is opening a new product office focused on modernization and launching a new innovation-focused laboratory.