The INSIDER daily digest -- Feb. 28, 2023

By John Liang / February 28, 2023 at 1:21 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the resilience of the Defense Department's supply chain, the Army's Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System and more.

We start off with some supply chain news:

Biden waives some statutory requirements for supply chain resilience

President Biden has signed a presidential waiver of some statutory requirements authorizing the use of the Defense Production Act to allow the Defense Department to more aggressively build the resiliency of the U.S. defense industrial base and secure its supply chains.

The Army's top civilian official spoke Monday at an event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute:

Wormuth says additional GMLRS contracts are a possibility as Ukraine war continues

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said Monday that the service could award more contracts for the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System next year, as the United States continues to ramp up its munitions production in the effort to aid Ukraine against the Russian invasion.

The Marine Corps is looking to acquire a new type of tactical wheeled vehicle:

Marine Corps may expand JLTV family in pursuit of lighter ground vehicle

The Marine Corps is evaluating its fleet of ground vehicles and considering an addition to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle family as it seeks a land platform lighter than the JLTV but more robust than the Ultra-light Tactical Vehicle.

In case you missed it last week, here's a deep dive into the Air Force's efforts to fix an important component of the KC-46 airborne refueling tanker:

How the Air Force and Boeing went 'out to Hollywood' to find a fix for RVS

Since the disclosure of critical issues with the KC-46's Remote Vision System in 2018, finding a fix for RVS -- whose troubles have stretched out the tanker's schedule and served as a leading reason for billions of dollars in losses on the aircraft -- has been a top priority for Boeing, and after years of effort, company executives are ready to unveil their solution.

Jessica Lewis, the assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, spoke at a recent Defense Writers Group breakfast:

Senior State official sees 'tectonic' moment to surge U.S. weapons sales abroad

A top State Department official said today the United States has an opportunity to surge foreign military sales, especially to countries seeking to "diversify" their arsenals away from Russian suppliers as Moscow struggles to maintain its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.