The INSIDER daily digest -- April 19, 2022

By John Liang / April 19, 2022 at 1:10 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on funding for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative, Army electric tanks and more.

The Defense Department this week released its fiscal year 2023 budget justification book for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative:

DOD advances $27 billion, five-year package to deter China; $50 billion gap with INDOPACOM

The Pentagon is advancing a five-year, $27 billion package of capabilities tailored to deter China, a stark variance with U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's assertion that $76 billion is needed over the same period -- a nearly $50 billion difference -- to strengthen regional deterrence, particularly west of the International Date Line.

Document: DOD's FY-23 budget justification book for PDI

Inside Defense recently chatted with Paul Farnan, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment:

Army expects electric tank by 2050, official says

The Army intends to field all-electric tanks by 2050, a top service energy and environment official told Inside Defense on Friday, but it will require major technological improvements to meet that target.

Future large-scale combat operations will require stronger echelon-above brigade formations, as divisions reclaim their position at the forefront of battlefield maneuver after two decades of counter-insurgency operations in the Army:

Army expands air defense, combat engineering in budget request

The Army will add a short-range air defense battalion and more capabilities to four engineering companies under its fiscal year 2023 budget request, according to newly released budget documents.

The Army has changed the name of its Mid-Range Capability to "Strategic Mid-Range Fires":

Army project to field Chinese ship-sinking capability now called Strategic Mid-Range Fires

The Army has rebranded its road-mobile, ship-killing weapon system "Strategic Mid-Range Fires" and is seeking $404 million in fiscal year 2023 to complete integration of a sea-based launcher on a truck to arm ground forces by next year with Tomahawk cruise missiles and Standard Missile-6.

The Air Force's chief architect officer will leave his post soon:

Air Force's first chief architect officer to resign

Preston Dunlap, the Air Force's first chief architect officer, will resign from his role in the coming weeks, he announced in a LinkedIn post Monday.