The INSIDER daily digest -- April 20, 2023

By John Liang / April 20, 2023 at 2:15 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the defense implications of congressional Republicans' proposed spending cap plan, Marine Corps combat vehicles and helicopters, coverage of this year's Space Symposium and more.

We start off with coverage of congressional Republicans' proposed spending cap plan, and its implications for defense funding:

Defense cuts not addressed in House GOP's new spending cap plan

House Republicans have released a proposal agreeing to lift the national debt limit to pay the nation's bills if the increase is paired with steep cuts to discretionary federal spending, but senior appropriators will ultimately decide what would be slashed under the proposal and defense spending does not appear to be on the menu.

News on Marine Corps combat vehicles and helicopters:

Marine Corps to retrain and recertify ACV operators

The Marine Corps will establish a new training program within its Assault Amphibian School to retrain and recertify operators of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, following training incidents in which ACVs capsized in choppy waters.

Naval leaders update CH-53K production

Meeting delivery schedules and managing the lingering effects of COVID-related supply chain delays continue to be headwinds in the production of rotary wing aircraft, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael Cederholm, deputy commandant for aviation, told House lawmakers Wednesday.

We also have coverage of this year's Space Symposium out in Colorado:

'Overclassification' hindering international cooperation in space, officials say

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Space has an overclassification problem that is hindering collaboration efforts with allies and industry, officials said this week at Space Symposium.

Kendall: Air Force needs authority to do early work on new starts before congressional approval

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall Wednesday pushed for the passage of a legislative proposal that would allow the Defense Department to get a head start on research before securing new-start approvals from Congress.

Senior Army officials testified on Capitol Hill this week:

Army secretary says continuing resolution would tie down $5.3B in procurement programs

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth told Congress Wednesday morning that a two-year continuing resolution would tie down roughly $5.3 billion in procurement programs included in the fiscal year 2024 request.

Bush: FARA eight months behind schedule due to delays with engine deliveries, AOA

The Army's top acquisition official told Congress during a Wednesday afternoon hearing that the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft is about eight months behind schedule, stemming from delays with engine deliveries and an uncompleted analysis of alternatives.

Bush says Army is 'absolutely prepared' to ask for new competition if IVAS 1.2 fails in testing

Doug Bush, the Army's top acquisition executive, told Congress during a hearing Tuesday that the Army would consider a new competition for the 1.2 variant of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System if testing is not successful.

Navy Vice Adm. Ricky Williamson, deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics, testified to Congress this week about challenges to the service's shipyards:

Construction budget to 'strengthen the backbone' of U.S. shipyards

A $2.3 billion proposal to improve critical naval infrastructure at the nation's four public shipyards is part of the Defense Department's $14.7 billion request for military construction projects in fiscal year 2024.