The INSIDER daily digest -- Jan. 29, 2024

By John Liang / January 29, 2024 at 1:25 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on several major Marine Corps acquisition programs, the Pentagon's search for persistent sensing technologies and more.

With the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor fleet grounded, the Amphibious Combat Vehicle yet to be deployed and the landing ship medium not yet on contract, the Marine Corps is operating without critical platforms that, among other things, serve as logistics connectors for stand-in forces in the Indo-Pacific:

Marine Corps working to fix Osprey and ACV issues, stands by platforms

The Marine Corps remains confident in two key connector capabilities -- the V-22 Osprey and Amphibious Combat Vehicle -- despite recent training accidents in which service members lost their lives, according to Assistant Commandant Gen. Christopher Mahoney, who said the service is working to remedy the issues that caused these incidents.

The Thunderstorm series of events are collaboration efforts between DOD and interagency partners to unearth new technologies and supply feedback quickly to developers for faster technology maturation:

DOD looking for industry collaboration on persistent sensing tech

The Defense Department put out a notice today requesting private industry, government research and development organizations and academia to identify innovative technologies that could be included in Thunderstorm 24-2.

The Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act includes a provision requiring the defense secretary to produce by the end of June an Indo-Pacific Missile Strategy that would explain Army and Marine Corps plans for sinking Chinese ships and attacking high-value targets on land with growing new inventories of guided missiles:

DOD required to prepare ground-launched conventional missile strategy for Indo-Pacific

The Defense Department this summer must produce a strategy for ground-based theater-range conventional missiles in the Indo-Pacific, explaining to Congress how billions of dollars in planned new offensive strike capabilities -- cruise, ballistic and hypersonic -- will be deployed across the region to counter China.

William Streilein, chief technology officer in the chief digital and artificial intelligence office, spoke last week at the Google Defense Forum in Arlington, VA:

Senior DOD official says cultural shift needed for innovation adoption

A senior Defense Department official today pointed out the culture shifts the Pentagon needs to make to successfully adopt more innovative solutions.

The Army released its two-page space vision this month that outlines an increased focus on incorporating space-related capabilities into future combat operations:

Army targeting FY-26 POM for space vision

As the Army begins to execute its Space Vision Supporting Multidomain Operations released earlier this month, the policy will likely influence the fiscal year 2026 program objective memorandum (POM), according to a service official.