The INSIDER daily digest -- Dec. 19, 2022

By John Liang / December 19, 2022 at 1:31 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a new Air Force hypersonic missile project, the Navy's recent decision on where to build a new submarine dry dock facility and more.

Research and development of the Expendable Hypersonic Multimission Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Strike program will take place at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, and run through October 2028, according to the Defense Department:

AFRL awards Leidos $334 million for air-breathing hypersonic system

Leidos will work with the Air Force Research Laboratory under a contract of up to $334 million to develop an air-breathing hypersonic system for the Mayhem program, the Defense Department announced Friday.

On Friday, the Navy published a record of decision regarding where it would build a new submarine dry dock in Hawaii:

Navy will build new sub dry dock at Pearl Harbor, advancing SIOP efforts

The Navy has selected a plan for the construction of a new submarine dry dock and waterfront production facility at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to support maintenance of current and future classes of attack submarines.

Document: Navy record of decision for dry dock at Pearl Harbor

The compromise version of the annual defense policy legislation, which has now cleared both the House and Senate and awaits the president's signature, supports a boosted budget for the Defense Innovation Unit and further changes to two recently reauthorized small business programs:

Defense policy bill includes focus on DOD's innovation environment

Lawmakers are using the fiscal year 2023 defense policy bill to push for changes to the military's innovation ecosystem, including through a provision seeking to produce a framework for bolstering the current capability environment.

It looks like the Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense program will remain under the service's control:

Rollback of 2018 law imminent, ending drama over U.S. missile defense procurement authority

The Missile Defense Agency is on the cusp of securing a major bureaucratic victory after prevailing on lawmakers to roll back a law mandating weapon system procurement authority be transitioned to the military departments, a policy shift with implications most immediately for the Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense program.

The Naval Postgraduate School has signed an educational partnership agreement with Stanford University's Doerr School of Sustainability to address the challenges of climate change and join the research facilities of both institutions:

NPS partners with Stanford to address climate issues, collaborate on research efforts

As the Navy's key installations are confronted by the drastic effects of climate change, two prominent California schools have joined forces to tackle sustainability and climate issues, a partnership the sea service's top civilian official said will advance thinking on topics from fuel alternatives to future platforms.