The INSIDER daily digest -- Feb. 23, 2023

By John Liang / February 23, 2023 at 1:42 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the delivery of U.S. tanks to Ukraine, Marine Corps amphibious ship requirements, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program and more.

The Army's top civilian spoke at a Defense Writers Group breakfast this morning:

Wormuth outlines estimated timing for delivery of tanks in Ukraine

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth on Thursday told reporters that the delivery of M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine will not be as short as "a matter of weeks."

Several Marine Corps officials spoke this week at the National Defense Industrial Association's Expeditionary Warfare Conference:

Amphibs in focus as Marine Corps prepares for operations in global littorals

The Marine Corps is doubling down on its need for 31 traditional amphibious ships and a new class of 35 smaller vessels as it prepares for increasing littoral operations in the Pacific.

Oshkosh Corp.'s chief executive this week gave a virtual presentation at the Citi 2023 Global Industrial Tech and Mobility Conference:

Oshkosh CEO on JLTV contract loss: Company is 'not interested in being a low-margin, commodity-type supplier'

Oshkosh President & CEO John Pfeifer said Wednesday of his company losing a recent potential $8 billion Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract that the company is "not interested in being a low-margin, commodity-type supplier."

Our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity have the latest cyber defense news:

DOD releases cybersecurity reference architecture designed to meet cyber EO requirements

The Pentagon has updated its cybersecurity reference architecture to address mandates from the 2021 cyber executive order with a focus on zero trust and how associated principles can secure Defense Department business operations and national security systems.

Historically funded through congressional adds, the Rapid Innovation Fund was established in the Fiscal Year 2011 National Defense Authorization Act to accelerate the fielding of innovative technologies into military systems:

DOD small business chief to restart Rapid Innovation Fund

The Pentagon is planning to bring back the Rapid Innovation Fund -- a pot of money initially created to help small technology companies bridge "the valley of death" that hasn't been funded for several years.