The INSIDER daily digest -- Jan. 19, 2023

By Thomas Duffy / January 19, 2023 at 11:56 AM

Today’s INSIDER Defense Digest starts off with a look at the next phase of the Russia-Ukraine war, news from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s artificial intelligence program, the Army is expanding its data platform project, and an Army missile defense program is close to operational capability.

A senior Pentagon official says armored vehicles will be key to the future of the war in Ukraine:

DOD sees armored vehicles as key to ‘next phase’ of Ukraine war

Under Secretary of Defense Colin Kahl said the war in Ukraine has entered a new phase in which Ukrainian troops will need more armored vehicles to battle an invading force of Russians now entrenched behind the front lines.

The Pentagon is launching a new artificial intelligence program:

New DARPA initiative focusing on making AI trustworthy for national security

As the private sector is trailblazing in the field of artificial intelligence, the Pentagon is seeking to develop AI through its own avenues and working to find where industry and Defense Department priorities align.

The Army wants to make data available to soldiers as close to real time as possible:

Army Vantage data platform evolving to increase availability of real-time information

The Army is in the process of evolving its Army Vantage data platform so soldiers and leaders can make “data driven decisions” in real time, according to service officials. In late 2019, the Army awarded Palantir Technologies a $458 million production agreement for Army Vantage -- the service’s platform for data-driven operations.

The Army expects to deliver a new air and missile defense system to the field in a few months:

IBCS on track for major acquisition milestone in April: initial operational capability declaration

The Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense program is on track to declare initial operational capability in April -- a delay of one year from the objective plan but still within the approved schedule -- a milestone that will allow soldiers, who for years have been testing the IAMD Battle Command Systems (IBCS), to pivot to real-world missions.