This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Navy’s rationale for compiling its unfunded priorities list, the Government Accountability’s Office further review of the Joint Strike Fighter program, a cruise missile defense radar demonstration, and the Defense Department adding money to its European defense program.
If Congress provides more money the Navy says industry can build more E-2D Hawkeye aircraft in 2023:
After being informed that industry can build more E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes in fiscal year 2023, the Navy is asking Congress for $400 million in its unfunded priorities list for two additional aircraft.
The GAO sees more problems for the F-35 program:
The Pentagon’s efforts to develop and deliver advanced Block 4 software capabilities to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have risen by more than half a billion dollars and are expected to extend into fiscal year 2029, a Government Accountability Office report released today shows.
DOD thinks it may have a way to protect the National Capitol region from a cruise missile attack:
The Defense Department is looking to defend Washington, DC, as well as other unspecified domestic locations against Russian and Chinese cruise missiles by pairing a new variant of an elevated X-band radar with advanced systems that guide missile interceptors, such as Aegis cruisers or destroyers.
With war raging in Ukraine, the Pentagon is adding money to its European defense effort:
The Defense Department is proposing a $4.2 billion European Deterrence Initiative for fiscal year 2023, a $300 million increase over what Congress enacted for FY-22, with much of the funding being directed toward Army operations and maintenance spending, according to a newly released budget justification document.