The INSIDER daily digest -- Aug. 26, 2021

By Thomas Duffy / August 26, 2021 at 1:55 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has lots of news on the House Armed Services Committee’s chairman’s mark, more news from the Space Symposium and we finish up with the Defense Department’s newest command and control program.

The Army will get a $100 million procurement boost if the House Armed Services Committee ‘s policy bill becomes law:

House panel would add $100M for Army procurement

The House Armed Services Committee’s chairman’s mark of the fiscal year 2022 defense policy bill would authorize $21.4 billion in Army procurement, a slight increase from the $21.3 billion in the service’s budget request.

The House committee wants more information on a new cruise missile before a contract can go out:

House authorizers want LRSO procurement contract award contingent on receiving new cost information

House authorizers are seeking to block the Air Force from awarding a procurement contract for its new nuclear cruise missile until officials share updated cost information with lawmakers, according to a new document obtained by Inside Defense.

The Navy may get a dozen additional F/A-18 aircraft through the House committee’s bill:

House panel adds $970M for 12 F/A-18E/F, despite Navy objections

The House Armed Services Committee has shown its skepticism for the Navy’s strike fighter shortfall plan by adding $970 million to the F/A-18E/F program for 12 jets in the fiscal year 2022 budget, according to the committee chairman’s mark for the FY-22 defense authorization bill.

Here’s an overview of the House committee’s bill:

House panel backs Biden’s $715B Pentagon budget; handcuffs F-35

The House Armed Services Committee’s version of the fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill sets a topline budget of $715 billion for the Pentagon, aligning with the amount requested by President Biden in April, but $25 billion less than what Senate authorizers have approved.

Our coverage of the Space Symposium continues:

SSC considering backup options should Vulcan BE-4 engine schedule slip further

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Space Systems Command is evaluating mitigation options should Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine, which is powering the United Launch Alliance Vulcan rocket set to fly a portion of the National Security Space Launch manifest procured through fiscal year 2024, face additional development delays.

SpOC Commander: Near-term funding for second Space Fence site in limbo

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The head of Space Operations Command today cast doubt on the prospect of building out a second Space Fence site in the next few years.

And finally, news on the Defense Department’s new command and control effort:

JADC2 missing ‘key components’ as DOD nears first phase of implementation

While the Defense Department is nearing its first phase on the implementation of its sensor to shooter capability known as Joint All-Domain Command and Control, the general in charge of the effort last week said it is still missing key components necessary for functioning in contested environments.