The INSIDER daily digest -- April 9, 2024

By John Liang / April 9, 2024 at 2:10 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a deployment delay of the Marine Corps' CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter, the Space Force proposing the absorption of Air National Guard units with space functions and more.

The Marine Corps' CH-53K helicopter will be deployed a little later than originally thought:

Marine Corps pushes initial CH-53K deployment to 2026

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Marine Corps is now planning to launch its initial CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter deployment in calendar year 2026, program manager Col. Kate Fleeger said today, marking a delay of roughly a year compared to the 2025 deployment date previously listed by the service.

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A new Defense Department legislative proposal, sent to Congress late last month, would allow the Space Force to absorb Air National Guard units with space functions, deactivate such units or assign them new federal missions:

National Guard leaders oppose Air Force plan to transition state space units into Space Force

A legislative proposal from the Air Force to shift National Guard space operations directly into the Space Force would create a significant strategic and tactical gap in national security, top National Guard officials said this week.

A recent exercise, which took place off the Southern California coast from March 4-15, was a way for the Navy to observe industry multidomain unmanned systems solutions for possible future integration to fleet operations:

Anduril software integrated into unmanned vehicles during Navy exercise

Anduril Industries announced today that its Lattice system was used as the primary integration software for testing unmanned vehicles across multiple domains at the Navy's Integrated Battle Problem 24.1 exercise.

A joint statement from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Grant Shapps and Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles said “collaboration opportunities” may exist with Japan:

AUKUS officials consider adding Japan to security pact

Defense officials from the U.S., U.K. and Australia said today they are considering including Japan in Pillar II of the AUKUS security agreement, which supports developing and fielding emerging weapons technologies focused on the Indo-Pacific region.

Funding proposed by the White House would aim to strengthen domestic microchip and semiconductor production while helping speed up artificial intelligence development in areas like consumer electronics, high-performance computing and automotive:

Biden seeks $6.6 billion in CHIPS and Science Act funding for new chip factory

The Biden administration announced today a proposed $6.6 billion in direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act to be directed to a preliminary agreement between the Commerce Department and the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to build a third chip factory in Arizona.