The INSIDER daily digest -- April 1, 2024

By John Liang / April 1, 2024 at 2:11 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the National Guard Bureau's unfunded priorities list, a recent missile defense test and more.

The National Guard Bureau has sent lawmakers its fiscal year 2025 unfunded priorities list:

National Guard Bureau submits $2.7B unfunded list including aircraft buys

The National Guard Bureau has sent Congress a $2.7 billion unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2025, highlighting an unmet need for various readiness spending as well as big-ticket aircraft -- like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter -- that could not be procured due to "fiscal constraints," according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

The Missile Defense Agency last week announced what it said was the successful intercept of an advanced medium-range ballistic missile target by a Standard Missile-6 Dual II with Software Upgrade -- a target that was defeated during the terminal phase, simulating the last line of defense of an aircraft carrier:

U.S.-Australia demo interoperability, integration in major BMD test

The United States teamed with Australia for the first time in a major ballistic missile defense test, demonstrating interoperability and integration during the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile as part of a developmental and operational test for the U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency.

For a year, the National Reconnaissance Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Space Force have been working on a solution on how to divide up control of purchasing commercial ISR:

Maven being implemented by more COCOMs amid tensions with Space Force

Amid rising tensions between the Space Force and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency over commercial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, NGA's director said this week that more combatant commands are using Program Maven, noting increased opportunities for the program thanks to the Replicator initiative.

The Navy's fiscal year 2025 budget request indicates two Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles will be delivered in the final quarter of FY-24 with three more following in the first half of FY-25:

Boeing aims to complete delivery of initial XLUUV set within 2025

After delivering an initial prototype in December, Boeing plans to turn over the remaining five Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles to the Navy before the end of 2025, according to company executives and service budget documents.

The Pentagon's top uniformed officer is lobbying lawmakers to pass a multibillion-dollar supplemental spending bill:

Brown pushing for supplemental bill that would inject billions into U.S. defense industry

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. CQ Brown said he and other officials are working hard to get lawmakers to support a $95 billion supplemental spending package that would inject tens of billions of dollars into the U.S. defense industry, while also aiding Ukraine and Israel.