The INSIDER daily digest -- Feb. 12, 2018

By John Liang  
February 12, 2018 at 2:35 PM

We start off this Monday INSIDER Daily Digest with major budget news from OSD and the services, plus a big announcement from General Dynamics.

In an unusual budget rollout, the Defense Department published documents detailing a budget request that the White House Office of Management and Budget immediately superseded with a letter to congressional leaders explaining the Pentagon's total FY-19 request will not be complete until the military prepares justification materials for an additional $20 billion in planned spending:

Pentagon seeks $686B in FY-19; $617B in base budget with big modernization boost

The Trump administration today unveiled the outlines of a $686 billion budget for the Defense Department in fiscal year 2019 that includes a $20 billion placeholder for military spending increases set as part of the recent two-year budget deal.

DOD's FY-19 request for science and technology reflects a 4 percent increase above the FY-18 request of $13.2 billion:

Pentagon budget request seeks modest boost for S&T programs

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2019 budget request includes $13.7 billion for science and technology, a modest bump above last year's request, to continue investments in areas like artificial intelligence, autonomy and hypersonics.

The services also rolled out their budgets:

Air Force budget request would buy 48 F-35As and boost major research and development efforts

The Air Force's $156.3 billion fiscal year 2019 budget proposal calls for 48 new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 15 KC-46 aerial refuelers and 36,000 Joint Direct Attack Munitions.

Army budget request rises to $182.1 billion in FY-19

The Trump administration's fiscal year 2019 budget request seeks $182.1 billion for the Army -- $148.4 billion in the base budget and $33.7 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

Navy requests 14 new ships, $194.1 billion in fiscal year 2019 budget

The Navy is requesting $179.1 billion in the fiscal year 2019 base budget and $15 billion in wartime funding that would, in total, fund the construction of 14 new ships.

In a major defense business news announcement, General Dynamics is buying CSRA:

General Dynamics to acquire CSRA in $9.6 billion deal

General Dynamics announced today it plans to acquire CSRA in a deal valued at $9.6 billion.

The Army is interested in alternative power, at least semi-autonomous capability and enhanced lethality and mobility:

Murray: 'We can't wait 20 years to develop' NGCV

Lt. Gen. Mike Murray, the Army deputy chief of staff (G-8), told the Senate Armed Services airland subcommittee in a hearing Feb. 7 the service is considering "all options" for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle's design.

Last December, Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord signed an acquisition decision memorandum approving full production for the SM-3 Block IB program:

DOD clears Standard Missile-3 Block IB for full production, MDA seeking MYP in FY-19

The Pentagon's acquisition executive has approved the Standard Missile-3 Block IB for full production, paving the way for the Missile Defense Agency to advance its first proposal to negotiate a multiyear procurement contract.