The INSIDER daily digest -- April 8, 2022

By John Liang / April 8, 2022 at 2:23 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Army and Air Force's unfunded priorities and a lot more.

We start off with coverage of a bunch of unfunded priorities lists, including the Army, Air Force and more:

Army sends Congress $5.1B unfunded priorities list

The Army has sent Congress an unfunded priorities list totaling $5.1 billion for fiscal year 2023, with more than $2.4 billion identified for accelerating planned weapons investments, including combat vehicles, Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense systems and radar equipment, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Air Force seeks additional F-35s, more money for hypersonic testing in $4.6B UPL

The Air Force is seeking seven extra F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and an increased investment in hypersonic testing in the $4.6 billion unfunded priorities list the service sent to Congress, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Space Force sends $639 million UPL to Congress

The Space Force has sent Congress a $639 million unfunded priorities list, with more than half the request going toward classified efforts, according to slides obtained by Inside Defense.

SOCOM names $656M in unfunded priorities

U.S. Special Operations Command has sent Congress a list of unfunded priorities totaling $656 million, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

EUCOM opts against sending Congress an unfunded priorities list

U.S. European Command has decided against sending Congress an unfunded priorities list, but wants lawmakers to be aware that the crisis in Ukraine remains "dynamic and evolving" and could necessitate urgent funding in the future, according to a letter to Congress obtained by Inside Defense.

Followed by more coverage of this week's Quad-A conference:

UH-60V has 'MOSA-lite,' thanks to Army-owned IP

NASHVILLE, TN -- Increased government ownership of the technical data and software for the newest UH-60 Black Hawk variant has allowed the Army to change the way it upgrades helicopters, in what could be a preview of future systems.

New focus for Army autonomy: 'minimally manned'

NASHVILLE, TN -- A new framework for thinking about future autonomous systems was apparent this week at the Army Aviation Association of America's annual conference: major platforms should be "minimally" or "optimally" manned, not necessarily unmanned.

(Follow all the news from Quad A.)

. . . Along with the latest from this week's Sea-Air-Space symposium:

General Dynamics to complete Knifefish updates in 2023

General Dynamics Mission Systems is on schedule to complete production of the first Block I Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicles this year and finish updating the retrofitted systems in 2023.

Austal's autonomous EPF to be delivered later this year

Austal will deliver an autonomous expeditionary fast transport ship to the Navy later this year --the service's largest, operational autonomous ship to date.

(Follow all the news from Sea-Air-Space.)

The latest from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Pentagon plans to publish CMMC 'interim rule' by May 2023

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Director Stacy Bostjanick says the Pentagon is planning to release the "interim rule" to implement the CMMC program by May 2023, with initial requirements showing up in Defense Department contracts 60 days after the rule publication.

Last but by no means least, some missile defense news:

DOD looking anew at how best to provide Hawaii missile defense radar cover

Under continuing pressure from Congress to improve the ballistic missile detection capability for Hawaii, the Defense Department has commenced a new analysis that aims to influence investments beginning in fiscal year 2024 for how the archipelago state will be protected from the advancing threat of North Korean long-range rockets.