This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news from a line-by-line Navy appeal of the House's FY-20 defense spending bill, plus a RAND Corp. study on strategic sealift and more.
Inside Defense obtained a document which has a line-by-line Navy appeal of the House's FY-20 defense spending bill. Here's our coverage so far:
A House-proposed cut to the Pentagon's fiscal year 2020 request for the Conventional Prompt Strike program -- the U.S. military's marquee hypersonic strike project -- would knock both the Army and Navy off schedule from current plans to deploy variants of the new ultra-fast, boost-glide weapon in 2023 and 2025 respectively.
The Navy told Congress this week that proposed cuts to the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill could result in delays of one to two years for the fourth Gerald Ford-class aircraft carrier and the new MQ-25 unmanned aerial tanker.
RAND Corp. has a new study out on the Navy's strategic sealift fleet:
A new RAND Corp. study suggests the Navy's methods for gauging the readiness of its strategic sealift fleet is inherently problematic and calls into question whether those ships could respond to a large-scale contingency.
U.S. Strategic Command spokeswoman Maj. Meghan Liemburg-Archer gave Inside Defense some news about the NC3 Enterprise Center:
The newly established center overseeing nuclear command, control and communications capabilities at U.S. Strategic Command is considering opportunities to open a facility for rapid modeling and simulation.
Air Force Col. Dennis Bythewood, SMC's program executive officer for space development, spoke with Inside Defense last week after a Mitchell Institute event:
The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center wants to triple the funding ceiling for the Space Enterprise Consortium -- bringing the total value to $1.5 billion and giving more Defense Department space programs access to a growing pool of traditional and non-traditional vendors.
Pentagon research and engineering chief Mike Griffin spoke at an event hosted by the Hudson Institute in Washington this week. Here's our coverage:
The Pentagon's top technology official will soon decide how to proceed with developing a new kill vehicle for the U.S. fleet of Ground-based Interceptors after halting work on the Missile Defense Agency's Redesigned Kill Vehicle program earlier this year due to technical issues and soaring costs.
The Pentagon's under secretary of defense for research and engineering today rejected reports of turmoil at the fledgling Space Development Agency, attributing management changes and a lack of congressional buy-in to the standard disruption that comes with establishing any new organization.
Last but certainly not least, some news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:
The law firm DLA Piper is urging the Defense Department to revise its cyber-incident reporting rules for contractors, including recommending changes to core elements of the program such as deadlines, scope and the definition of data covered by the requirements.