The INSIDER daily digest -- July 14, 2022

By John Liang / July 14, 2022 at 2:06 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship program, a CSIS report on cruise missile defense and more.

House lawmakers are divided on what to do with the troubled Littoral Combat Ship program:

House amendment to allow LCS retirements fails in close vote

After a heated debate on the House floor, lawmakers struck down an amendment that would allow the Navy to stick to its plan to retire nine Littoral Combat Ships.

An 85-page report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies Missile Defense Project, released today, proposes a domestic cruise missile defense architecture that consists of five layers, implemented over three phases with a projected cost of $14.9 billion to acquire and $17.8 billion to operate over two decades:

Study: Domestic cruise missile defense system would cost $32.7 billion

A national cruise missile defense system to protect the lower 48 states from strategic attack on the homeland below the nuclear threshold from Russia or China could be acquired for $32.7 billion, considerably less than a congressional analysis estimated last year, according to a new study that aims to influence the Pentagon's fiscal year 2024 budget proposal.

In a July 5 memo, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu calls on the Defense Science Board to "provide a report on findings and recommendations for a detailed technology strategy which encompasses each of the fourteen areas covered in the USD(R&E) Technology Vision":

Defense Science Board 2022 technology superiority study set to shape new strategy

An influential Pentagon advisory panel will soon launch a sweeping study of advanced U.S. military technology that will prioritize near-term asymmetric capabilities and recommend actions that could recalibrate future investments in weapon system development.

Document: DSB terms of reference memo for technology superiority study

Naval Air Forces chief Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell spoke this week at an event hosted by the U.S. Naval Institute and CSIS:

Navy opens three SLM lines to accelerate Super Hornet Block III conversion

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- After continued congressional concern over the Navy's strike fighter inventory, the service has opened a third service life modification line in North Island, CA, to convert the F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to the most advanced version of the jet.

A new Air Force draft environmental assessment analyzed a preferred action, five action alternatives and a no action alternative that would not build a permanent U.S. Space Command headquarters:

Air Force completes draft EA for SPACECOM relocation

Air Force officials have completed a draft environmental assessment to pave the way for the planned relocation of U.S. Space Command, the service announced this week.