The INSIDER daily digest -- April 23, 2024

By John Liang / April 23, 2024 at 1:55 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on defense against space attacks, the Army's Project Linchpin and more.

Rather than requiring the commander of U.S. Space Command to provide Congress notice of attempts to "disrupt, degrade or destroy" any such national security space capabilities, a new Defense Department legislative proposal says SPACECOM would only need to tell Congress if the capability is deemed "critical":

DOD seeks changes to reporting on space attacks, space domain awareness sharing

The Defense Department would only need to report foreign attacks on "critical" national security space capabilities under a legislative proposal submitted to Congress last week.

Some Army AI news:

Army focusing on AI 'risk framework' is it embarks on Project Linchpin

The Army is developing a "risk framework" for artificial intelligence as a key priority as the service looks to build out Project Linchpin -- the service's first pipeline for AI and machine learning.

The Defense Department's strategy of ceding intellectual property rights to Lockheed Martin for the F-35 program has so far resulted in poor performance, lawmakers in the House and Senate have said this month, with limited spares and depot capacity being available for repairs, significant delays pushing back deliveries of modernized capabilities and dramatic cost overruns:

Lessons learned from F-35: Air Force will now purchase IP rights of its weapon systems

When the Air Force began buying the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter about 20 years ago, it took a total system approach, meaning prime contractor Lockheed Martin earned the rights to total control of the program, including the intellectual property of its technologies and mechanical parts.

Don't expect major funding for an Army high-energy laser project anytime soon:

Army guts $4.8 billion from IFPC-HEL in new five-year plan, focuses on 'try' before 'buy'

The Army has cut $4.8 billion from planned future spending on the Indirect Fire Protection Capability-High Energy Laser in the service's new five-year spending plan, a dramatic reduction that removes future funding stability for a cruise-missile-killer-and-more project that a key service official says remains a priority.

The Defense Innovation Board's next meeting will take place in July:

DIB discusses studies on partnerships and technology adoption at meeting

The Defense Innovation Board held a meeting yesterday in which guest speakers presented their opinions on two ongoing studies surrounding innovation with allies and accelerating technology adoption, with final recommendations on the studies set to be provided at the board’s July meeting.