The INSIDER daily digest -- Feb. 14, 2023

By John Liang / February 14, 2023 at 2:14 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a Congressional Budget Office report that looks at F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft availability, Amazon Web Services introducing its new Modular Data Centers to the Defense Department and more.

A new Congressional Budget Office report updates a previous April 7, 2022 issuance that examined the availability and use of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, and "incorporates data for fiscal year 2022 and employs CBO's recently developed approach for measuring the effects of aging on aircraft":

CBO: Mission availability rates decline for two of three F-35 variants in FY-22

Two of the three F-35 Lightning II fighter variants used by the U.S. military saw decreasing mission availability rates last fiscal year, according to a Congressional Budget Office report published Monday.

Document: CBO report on availability and use of F-35 aircraft

The Air Force's top uniformed officer spoke this week about the possibility of China invading Taiwan:

Brown: Taiwan invasion timeline speculation 'takes away' from readiness discussion

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown called out what he sees as unhelpful speculation of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan at a Brookings Institution interview Monday.

Amazon Web Services' Modular Data Centers can provide data computing and storage capabilities "in the most isolated environments":

AWS announces new service for JWCC customers: Modular data centers at the tactical edge

Citing hurdles to employing cloud at the tactical edge, Amazon Web Services has revealed its solution to support cloud computing from remote locations -- the company's new offering in the Pentagon's multivendor, multicloud enterprise.

Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich, who heads the combined forces air component at U.S. Central Command, spoke this week during a virtual discussion with the Center for New American Security:

AFCENT commander: DOD eyeing balloons to fill awareness gaps

Following the destruction of a Chinese balloon off the coast of South Carolina and multiple other unidentified aircraft downed by U.S. forces in recent days, a top Air Force official said today that the Defense Department is exploring "non-traditional" ways to fill awareness gaps -- including balloons.

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee recently held a hearing on the incursion of a Chinese balloon that flew over U.S. airspace and was subsequently shot down off the East Coast:

Senators want FY-24 DOD budget proposal on counter-balloon capability

Key lawmakers have directed the Pentagon to prepare a fiscal year 2024 proposal that ensures the U.S. military has a counter-high-altitude surveillance balloon capability in response to the Chinese airship that flew across the United States before being shot down over the Atlantic Ocean.