This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the fiscal year 2022 defense policy bill and more.
Before we get to the House authorization bill, we take a quick look at the Senate Armed Services Committee's plussing up next year's defense budget by $25 billion:
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 25-1 last week on a proposal to authorize a $25 billion increase in defense spending for fiscal year 2022, a strongly bipartisan vote that congressional staffers say suggests Senate appropriators might also be along for the ride.
Now on to our continuing coverage of House authorizers' work on the FY-22 policy bill:
House lawmakers are directing the Pentagon to continue exploring the potential for the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA to be used for homeland defense, tasking the Missile Defense Agency to spearhead a new report on options for development and deployment of the new guided missile to protect the continental United States.
The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee is concerned about the pace of adaptive and cognitive electronic warfare capability development, according to its mark of the fiscal year 2022 defense bill.
Lawmakers on the House Armed Services intelligence and special operations subcommittee are calling on the comptroller general to review U.S. Special Operations Command's armed overwatch program as part of their fiscal year 2022 defense policy proposal.
A House panel has approved legislation that would extend by one year the Navy's option for entering a block buy agreement for amphibious ships.
Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David Thompson said this week the Space Force is working closely with the intelligence community and the other services to determine the best options for providing tactical ISR:
The Defense Department's fiscal year 2023 budget may provide some insight into who will be responsible for the tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission in the future.
Gen. Glen VanHerck, the dual-hatted commander of U.S. Northern Command and bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command, spoke to reporters this week:
The head of U.S. Northern Command will brief Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks tomorrow on a new command and control capability demonstrated in three experiments that promise to give leaders improved situational awareness by using commercial cloud computing capabilities, artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to better understand data the U.S. military already owns.