The INSIDER daily digest -- August 10, 2022

By John Liang / August 10, 2022 at 1:17 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on hypersonic missile fielding plans, the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System program and more.

The Defense Department inspector general's office has begun an assessment this month on hypersonic weapon systems:

DOD IG auditing U.S. military hypersonic fielding plans; are 2023, 2025 targets achievable?

The Pentagon's inspector general is beginning an audit of the U.S. military's marquee hypersonic strike project that will focus on one of the most salient aspects of the program: scheduled plans to begin fielding a new class of ultra-fast weapons by the Army in 2023 and the Navy in 2025.

Document: DOD IG memo on Army, Navy hypersonic weapon system program offices

The Air Force Lifecycle Management Center is hosting a three-day industry event in Dayton, OH to discuss current and future Air Force weapon systems as well as near- and long-term warfighter requirements:

Air Force to bolster feedback process for ABMS contracts with small businesses

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force can improve its relationships with small businesses competing for Advanced Battle Management System contracts by bolstering its process when the service decides not to award a contract, Gen. Duke Richardson said.

(Read continuing coverage of the Dayton industry days.)

Some F-35 Joint Strike Fighter news:

JPO: 'Majority' of F-35 fleet cleared for flight amid ejection seat concerns

A "majority" of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet has been cleared for flying operations amid an enterprise-wide review stemming from a potential ejection seat malfunction issue, according to a Joint Program Office spokesman.

Army Maj. Gen. Robert Rasch, program executive officer for missiles and space, spoke this week at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, AL:

Industry proposals 'unaffordable,' 'almost unaffordable' for $9 billion Army missile portfolio

Industry proposals for new weapon projects are "almost unaffordable," a senior Defense Department acquisition official said today, sounding a clarion call for the private sector to better account for increased costs attributed to economic uncertainty, including rising inflation, supply chain interruptions and labor shortages.

Frustrated by "the lack of detail" accompanying the Pentagon's budget for the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve, the Senate Appropriations Committee has recommended reducing funding for the effort to nearly $176.6 million:

Senate appropriators seek to slash funding for rapid experimentation effort

Senate appropriators want to halve spending for the Defense Department's rapid experimentation effort in fiscal year 2023, knocking the Pentagon for a lack of "defined program goals" tied to the recently launched effort that aims to bridge innovative solutions with military applications.