The INSIDER daily digest -- April 19, 2023

By John Liang / April 19, 2023 at 2:32 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on missile defense, the Navy's construction budget, Army modernization and more.

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee held a hearing this week on missile defense:

DOD, NATO exploring expanded mission for Aegis Ashore sites in Europe: countering Russia

Defense Department and NATO policymakers are considering expanding the mission of Aegis Ashore sites in Europe -- originally established to counter Iranian ballistic missile threats -- to also defend the continent from Russian air attacks in the wake of Moscow's blistering ballistic, cruise and hypersonic missile attacks against Ukraine over the last year.

In related coverage, the Missile Defense Agency is going to need a new director:

Search for new MDA director is on after Hill requests retirement

The Pentagon is seeking a new Missile Defense Agency director after Vice Adm. Jon Hill recently requested permission to retire this summer -- marking the second consecutive MDA director to vacate the post prior to completing a six-year term that Congress created to help foster management stability over the agency's complex projects portfolio.

The House Appropriations military construction, veterans' affairs and related agencies subcommittee heard testimony this week on proposals that range from funding shipyard optimization at the nation’s four public shipbuilding facilities to adjusting the H2-B visa program for hiring and retaining labor for military construction in Guam:

Defense leaders emphasize FY-24 construction dollars for naval infrastructure

The Navy's fiscal year 2024 construction budget includes $6 billion in projects to develop platforms and weapon systems, modernize utilities and reinvest in infrastructure, Defense Department leaders told a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday.

The Senate Armed Services airland subcommittee held a hearing this week focused on Army modernization:

Army acquisition chief says PrSM could be a 'very good candidate' for multiyear procurement

Doug Bush, the Army's top acquisition official, told the ranking member of a congressional defense subcommittee Tuesday that the Precision Strike Missile could be "a very good candidate" for multiyear procurement in the future.

Document: Senate hearing on Army modernization

Lockheed Martin released its quarterly earnings report yesterday:

Lockheed executives enthused by strong demand in Pentagon budget

Lockheed Martin executives claimed a "solid" first quarter consistent with the company's 2023 expectations, and applauded the Defense Department's fiscal year 2024 budget request that looks to invest in F-35 procurement and several of Lockheed's missile systems.

The Navy finally released its 30-year shipbuilding plan:

Navy's 30-year plan presents three options; only one sees fleet reach 355-ship requirement

The Navy's 30-year shipbuilding plan again presents three alternative paths, each envisioning modest growth for the total fleet, with only one option exceeding a 355-ship Navy before fiscal year 2053.

Document: Navy's FY-24 shipbuilding plan