This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on missile defense funding, the Air Force's B-52 bomber engine replacement program and more.
We start off with news on the Missile Defense Agency's latest unfunded priorities list:
MDA's FY-22 wish list smallest to date; would fund interceptors, hypersonic and cruise missile defense projects
The Missile Defense Agency has provided Congress a $367 million wish list to finance eight projects above and beyond the agency's $8.9 billion fiscal year 2022 budget request, additional undertakings that -- if funded -- would increase Standard Missile-3 Block IIA and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor procurement, hypersonic defense funding and support a project to better defend the National Capital Region from cruise missile attack.
More missile defense news:
The Pentagon is readying to launch in the next couple of weeks an examination of the mix of missile defense capabilities the Biden administration believes the U.S. military requires, but it's not clear yet whether the final product will be a stand-alone volume or folded into a larger defense strategic assessment, a senior official told lawmakers.
Keep an eye on the Air Force's B-52 engine replacement effort:
Air Force aims for B-52 CERP down-select in September following technical risk assessment this summer
The Air Force is progressing toward a down-select decision for the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program, with plans to award a contract in September following a technical risk assessment and cost estimate review this summer.
The Defense Department this week submitted its first package of proposals for the fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill:
The Army has sent Congress a legislative proposal asking to use a multiyear contract to buy UH/HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters beginning next fiscal year that could produce significant savings for the service.
North American Aerospace Defense Command also sent lawmakers an unfunded priorities list of its own:
NORAD eyes additional FY-22 funding for cruise missile defense elevated sensors, Arctic pLEO communications
The head of the bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command has outlined for Congress a trio of unfunded fiscal year 2022 elevated sensor projects aimed at improving the U.S. and Canada's ability to defend domestic targets against advanced Russian and Chinese subsonic and hypersonic cruise missiles as well as maritime surface threats.
Document: COCOMs' FY-22 unfunded priorities lists