The INSIDER daily digest -- June 12, 2024

By John Liang / June 12, 2024 at 4:19 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the fiscal year 2025 defense authorization and appropriations bills.

The House Rules Committee has sent the fiscal year 2025 defense authorization bill to the full chamber:

House Rules Committee sends defense policy bill to the floor with new amendments

The House Rules Committee voted 9-4 to advance the fiscal year 2025 defense authorization bill, with 350 amendments slated to receive votes on the House floor.

Coverage of the House Appropriations Committee's FY-25 defense spending bill:

House appropriators poised to cut procurement, boost R&D

The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider a defense spending bill on Thursday that would cut procurement in fiscal year 2025 by about $1.4 billion below the Pentagon's request but would increase research and development funding by about $2.8 billion, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

House appropriators cut shipbuilding, citing delays and design issues

House appropriators' decision to fund only one Virginia-class submarine while slashing procurement in two surface ship programs was driven by concern over production delays and design maturity issues within the programs, according to a draft House Appropriations Committee report on its fiscal year 2025 defense spending bill obtained by Inside Defense.

The Navy now has a new solid-rocket motor supplier:

Anduril wins $19M SM-6 rocket motor contract, launches $75 million investment to boost SRM output

Anduril Industries has secured a $19 million Navy contract to design, build and test solid-rocket motors for the Standard Missile-6 in an award that closely follows the company's announcement of a new $75 million investment plan intended to dramatically increase rocket motor output at its McHenry, MS facility.

The Missile Defense Agency is in discussions with other U.S. defense agencies and industry to identify candidate technologies that were not originally designed to defeat maneuvering hypersonic targets but could potentially -- with modifications -- be effective against the new class of threats:

MDA exploring repurposing existing U.S. weapons for near-term hypersonic defense

The Missile Defense Agency is exploring options to re-tool existing weapons in the U.S. inventory to counter ultra-fast maneuvering threats as an interim hypersonic defense capability in the next five years while developing an objective weapon system -- the Glide Phase Interceptor -- that will not be ready before 2035 at the soonest.