The INSIDER daily digest -- April 25, 2023

By John Liang / April 25, 2023 at 1:39 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Navy's Large Unmanned Surface Vessel program, the Pentagon's defense industrial base investments and more.

We start off with some Navy unmanned systems news:

Draft LUSV capability requirements completed

The capability development document for the LUSV is drafted and will enter the staffing process for FY-23 approval by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, the Navy said.

The Senate Armed Services Committee's top Democrat spoke this week at a Center for a New American Security event:

Reed commits to weapons investments; criticizes Tuberville's nomination blockade

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said today he is committed to supporting continued investments in the defense industrial base, especially for munitions, as the war in Ukraine has highlighted the need to prepare to surge similar assistance to Taiwan in the event of a conflict with China.

More coverage from last week's Space Symposium in Colorado:

Space Force developing CONOPS for GMTI satellite partnership with NRO

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Space Force is developing its concept of operations for the Ground Moving Target Indicator satellite system, Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman told reporters last week at the Space Symposium.

The MQ-25 Stingray unmanned refueling aircraft's initial operational capability date has been delayed by a year:

MQ-25 Stingray IOC delayed a year

The Navy is moving the initial operational capability (IOC) date for the MQ-25 Stingray back a year to 2026 to allow for sufficient time for testing the unmanned aerial fueling tanker, a service spokeswoman told Inside Defense.

Raytheon Technologies this week announced the launch of RAIVEN, a capability that uses artificial intelligence, hyperspectral imaging and light detection and ranging [LiDAR] to help pilots see farther and clearer:

Raytheon wants to add new EO intelligence capability on Army future vertical lift platforms

Raytheon Technologies executives say they are hoping to incorporate a new electro-optical intelligent sensing capability on two Army future vertical lift platforms.