The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 27, 2019

By John Liang / September 27, 2019 at 1:26 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on an upcoming Navy-Marine Corps force-structure assessment, the Missile Defense Agency's Next Generation Interceptor program, the lowest price, technically acceptable contracting approach and more.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger recently co-signed a memo committing the services to work on a "comprehensive naval force architecture":

Navy, Marine Corps conducting integrated force-structure assessment

The Navy and Marine Corps will complete by December an integrated force-structure assessment, according to a new memo.

Document: Navy memo on integrated force-structure assessment

The second draft request for proposals for the Missile Defense Agency's Next Generation Interceptor program will be released only to potential prime contractors:

MDA to circulate second draft RFP for NGI next week to potential primes only

The Missile Defense Agency plans to release an updated version of a draft solicitation for a Next Generation Interceptor on Oct. 1, a revision of the preliminary request circulated to industry weeks ago as part of a rapid effort by the Pentagon to reboot the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program after terminating the Redesigned Kill Vehicle last month.

The Pentagon's final rule on the lowest price, technically acceptable contracting strategy is now out:

Pentagon issues final rule on LPTA restrictions

The Defense Department today issued a final rule meant to limit the use of the lowest price, technically acceptable contracting approach, according to a Federal Register notice.

Document: Final DOD rule on the LPTA process

In a new memo to Mike Griffin, the Pentagon's top technology officer, and other key Defense Department officials, the DOD inspector general's office announced its intent to conduct investigations into a program Griffin has ranked as the highest development priority for the U.S. military:

Hypersonic weapons light up DOD inspector general's radar, audits coming

The Defense Department's inspector general is planning this month to begin auditing hypersonic weapons research and development projects, a move that comes after Pentagon leaders announced plans to nearly double spending over the next five years on the new class of ultrafast weapons -- both offensive and defensive -- to more than $11 billion.

Document: DOD IG memo on hypersonic weapons research

The Air Force is working to increase its knowledge of the launch market in support of its National Security Space Launch acquisition strategy:

Air Force commissions independent launch market study to inform future AQ strategy

The Air Force has contracted with an independent organization to study the global launch market in order to inform the next phase of its Launch Services Procurement strategy.

Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes outlined the service's current thinking around the Next-Generation Air Dominance program at the Air Force Association's recent annual conference:

ACC chief: 'Century Series' approach has been in NGAD plan for years

The head of Air Force Air Combat Command told reporters recently that the Air Force's plan to apply a "Century Series" concept to the Next-Generation Air Dominance program is not a change of course, but instead aligns well with studies the service has been conducting over the last few years.