The INSIDER daily digest -- July 16, 2021

By John Liang / July 16, 2021 at 2:19 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on tactical wheeled vehicles, a Hawaii missile defense radar and more.

We start off with tactical wheeled vehicle news:

GAO: More consistent communication could expand Army's wheeled industrial base

Better communication with industry and more consistent messaging of requirements could allow the Army to expand the tactical wheeled vehicle industrial base, the Government Accountability Office said in a July 15 report, echoing the Army's analysis of the issue.

Document: GAO report on Army tactical wheeled vehicle programs

Single-source contract best for JLTV follow-on, Army says

After considering alternative acquisition strategies, the Army determined a single-source acquisition was best for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle follow-on contract, a service official told Inside Defense.

The House Appropriations Committee is calling for the Missile Defense Agency -- which has spent $385 million on the Hawaii radar project since FY-19 -- to continue the S-band sensor in the panel's mark of the FY-22 defense spending bill:

House lawmakers throw Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii another lifeline

House lawmakers are recommending $75 million for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii program in fiscal year 2022, a key stepping stone in the legislative process to potentially restoring funding for the ballistic missile defense project that the Pentagon two years in a row has attempted to eliminate.

Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System prime contractor Northrop Grumman has announced the end of developmental testing:

Army IBCS wraps up developmental test plan with cruise missile target intercept

The Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System today successfully completed its sixth and final developmental test -- countering a pair of cruise missile targets today at White Sands Missile Range, NM -- setting the stage for the $7.9 billion program to proceed with initial operational testing this fall.

While the Pentagon's top weapons tester found that the ACV outperformed the legacy Assault Amphibious Vehicle across all mission profiles during the program's initial operational test and evaluation, the program did not meet the 69-hour mean time between operational mission failures threshold:

Amphibious Combat Vehicle program working on fixes to testing issues

The Marine Corps is working on fixes to address issues that arose during the Amphibious Combat Vehicle program's testing, including implementing improvements to reduce tire change turnaround time.