The INSIDER daily digest -- Jan. 12, 2022

By John Liang / January 12, 2022 at 2:43 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest features reporting from this year's annual Surface Navy Association conference and more.

We begin with our coverage of the Surface Navy Association's annual conference:

Gallagher: FY-23 budget could be 'bloodbath' for Navy

Two congressional seapower leaders expressed concerns about potential cuts to the Navy's fiscal year 2023 budget Wednesday, with Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) saying he has heard the budget could be a "bloodbath" for the service.

Navy to stand up new USV command this summer

The Navy will stand up Unmanned Surface Vessel Division One this summer to shape the service's decision-making process before the acquisition of USVs, according to Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, commander of Naval Surface Forces.

Navy eyeing using LCS with Light Amphibious Warship to support Marine Corps expeditionary efforts

The Navy is considering using its Littoral Combat Ship with the Marine Corps' Light Amphibious Warship to support expeditionary advanced base operations, according to the Naval Surface Forces commander.

(Read our full coverage of the SNA conference.)

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee held a hearing this morning on continuing resolutions:

House Dem approps chairs and military chiefs raise alarm over possible full-year CR

Top Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee, citing new data from senior Pentagon officials, today warned that continued congressional gridlock over the federal budget could result in lawmakers using legislation intended as a temporary spending measure to fund the federal government for a full year, doing unprecedented damage to military modernization.

The Space Development Agency has language pertaining to it in the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act:

NDAA outlines some SDA AQ authorities, but broader questions remain ahead of transition

While the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act stipulates certain acquisition authorities the Space Development Agency will retain amid its move to the Space Force this coming fall, the agency's head said today officials are still hashing out the details as they await input from a key nominee.

The Army plans to test a prototype long-range cannon in the next couple years:

Long-Range Cannon prototype to be built this year

The Army will assemble a prototype of its Long-Range Cannon and move it to Yuma Proving Ground, AZ, this year, according to the director of the service's long-range precision fires cross-functional team.

Some Air Force One news:

Air Force: New VC-25B schedule baseline expected this quarter

The Air Force One recapitalization effort could see a new schedule baseline this quarter, as recent issues have pushed back the anticipated timeline for delivering the two aircraft.