The INSIDER daily digest -- Dec. 20, 2022

By John Liang / December 20, 2022 at 1:36 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the defense part of the fiscal year 2023 omnibus spending package plus coverage of a recent critical minerals contract and more.

We start off with an overview of the defense portion of the FY-23 omnibus spending bill:

Congress readies $300B modernization account for DOD

House and Senate appropriators have drafted a final fiscal year 2023 omnibus spending bill that would increase Pentagon procurement by more than $17 billion above what lawmakers enacted in FY-22, while research and development would be boosted by more than $20 billion.

Document: FY-23 defense appropriations bill

Stay tuned to Inside Defense for in-depth coverage of this bill.

An up-to-$24.8 million award to mining company Perpetua Resources comes through the Defense Production Act Investments Program and seeks to advance the business’ current permitting work that will pave the way for construction on its so-called Stibnite gold project based in Idaho:

DOD makes first critical minerals award with Ukraine supplemental appropriations dollars

The Pentagon has made its first critical minerals award leveraging Ukraine supplemental appropriations aid, the Defense Department announced today, pledging nearly $25 million to help create a domestic source for a compound that’s key in munitions manufacturing.

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.

The Navy has 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.

The compromise version of the annual defense policy legislation, which has been approved by both the House and Senate and signed by the president, 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.