The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 17, 2019

By John Liang  
September 17, 2019 at 1:49 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news from the annual Air Force Association conference plus Navy hypersonic weapons development, Navistar's dispute with the Army over the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles program and more.

We start off with coverage from the Air Force Association's annual conference:

Fighter PEO: Air Force finalizing F-15EX AQ strategy, considering EPAWSS capability

The Air Force is in the final stages of completing an acquisition strategy for the F-15EX, and is mapping out options for future capability upgrades, the program executive officer for fighters and bombers told Inside Defense.

Air Force to compete programs to demo ABMS effects, taps Skyborg

The Air Force is considering the Skyborg autonomous drone research effort as the first program to demonstrate effects for the Advanced Battle Management System.

(Check out our complete coverage of the AFA conference here.)

In a complaint filed this week with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Navistar contends the Army did not suspend performance of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles contract, awarded to Oshkosh Defense, in response to a July 8 protest Navistar filed with the Government Accountability Office:

Navistar takes Army to federal court over ongoing FMTV dispute

Navistar Defense is taking the Army to court for violating the "automatic stay" requirements of the Competition in Contracting Act in procuring vehicles as part of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles program.

Document: Navistar Defense's FMTV court filings

The Senate Appropriations Committee in a report accompanying its version of the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill said the Navy's acquisition executive approved using Section 804 rules as the CPS program's acquisition strategy, a detail not included in the service's latest budget justification documents:

Senate appropriators: Navy acquisition executive approved rapid prototyping for hypersonic weapon program

The Navy plans to use rapid prototyping authorities to develop its submarine-launched hypersonic strike weapon through the Conventional Prompt Strike program, a Senate panel revealed last week.

Navy Under Secretary Thomas Modly gave a speech at a Professional Services Council conference this week:

Modly acknowledges 355 ships won't happen in 'reasonable' amount of time

The Navy's second most senior civilian today acknowledged the service will not achieve its 355-ship goal in a "reasonable" amount of time and that without a $20 billion to $30 billion increase in annual funding, the Navy could only maintain between 305 and 308 ships.

Brig. Gen. Richard Angle, Army Cyber Command deputy commanding general for operations, spoke this week at an Association of the U.S. Army event:

Army Cyber Command building 'strategic framework' for multidomain operations

Army Cyber Command is working with U.S. Special Operations Command to build a "strategic framework" for multidomain operations, according to an Army official.

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