The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 25, 2023

By John Liang / September 25, 2023 at 1:06 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Space Force's command and control software acquisition strategy, sending weapons to Taiwan and more.

Keep an eye out in the next few months for the Space Force's command and control software acquisition strategy:

Space Force to submit final Space C2 acquisition strategy in next three months

Sometime in the next three months, the Space Force will submit a final software acquisition strategy for its command and control effort to Pentagon officials for review, according to a service spokeswoman.

Modifying weapons for Taiwan, especially when they weren't designed to be exported, adds time to the process, according to DOD officials:

U.S. defense industry takes heat for Taiwan weapons backlog

U.S. government officials told Congress this week that a $19 billion backlog of foreign military sales to Taiwan is due to shortcomings in the defense industrial base, but an influential business association that represents some of the largest Pentagon contractors seeks a more balanced view of the challenge.

Document: House hearing on defense cooperation with Taiwan

More Taiwan news:

House lawmakers address government shutdown and Taiwan

Two members of the House Armed Services Committee today spoke publicly about how lessons learned from Ukraine may be applied to Taiwan and the national security impact of a government shutdown.

A new U.S.-Canada Cloud-Based C2 system modernizes battle management and command and control functions by replacing existing systems with modern cloud-based applications, enhanced by artificial intelligence and machine learning to create a common operating picture:

U.S.-Canada ready new domestic airspace C2 system for ops; first major upgrade since post-9/11

The United States and Canada are close to declaring initial operational capability of Cloud-Based C2 -- a new homeland defense battle management, command and control system to replace a tool established after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks -- that top brass say is needed to defend North America from modern threats and is a likely candidate to be part of a future domestic cruise missile defense system.

A new Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense Department, Army and Navy "need to reassess the future sustainment strategy" for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program:

GAO: Assessment needed on F-35 sustainment

The Defense Department needs to reassess its approach to F-35 Joint Strike Fighter sustainment to boost its mission-capable rates to program goals, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday.

Document: GAO report on F-35 sustainment