The INSIDER daily digest -- June 14, 2021

By John Liang / June 14, 2021 at 2:02 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the effects of COVID-19 on the defense industrial base and more.

A new report released today is the latest effort by the National Defense Industrial Association to assess the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the defense industrial base:

NDIA: One-third of contractors surveyed said business won't return to normal for months

The National Defense Industrial Association, in its latest survey of the defense industrial base, found that nearly 32% of defense contractors do not expect their businesses to return to a normal level of operations for more than six months.

The $2.2 billion meant to help pay for a southern border wall will fund 66 military construction projects that former President Trump ordered deferred in 11 states, three territories and 16 countries:

White House restoring $2.2B in military construction funds Trump diverted to border wall

The White House announced today it would restore $2.2 billion in remaining unobligated military construction funds former President Trump previously redirected to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border without the approval of Congress.

Document: DOD memo on redirecting border wall money

Lockheed Martin expects to deliver between 133 and 139 Joint Strike Fighter jets this year, 19 more than in 2020:

Lockheed, JPO finalizing post-COVID F-35 delivery plans as part of production contract negotiations

FORT WORTH, TX -- As Lockheed Martin and the F-35 joint program office continue negotiations for the next production contract, the company is looking to smooth out delivery quantities and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has sent lawmakers a 13-project wish list totaling $889 million "critical for deterring China's decision calculus" not funded in the Pentagon's $715 billion spending proposal:

INDOPACOM ranks additional funding for Guam defense system, Hawaii missile defense radar on FY-22 wish list

The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is seeking full funding in fiscal year 2022 for a new Guam missile defense system -- arguing the project requires an additional $231.7 million beyond the Missile Defense Agency's request of $118.3 million -- as well as advocating for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii, which MDA declined to resource in its annual spending request for a second consecutive year.

Document: COCOMs' FY-22 unfunded priorities lists

The defense industry is generally supportive of more informative post-award debriefings for contractors:

DOD unveils new enhanced debriefing rule

The Pentagon last month proposed amending defense federal acquisition regulations to enhance contractors' post-award debriefing rights, a move welcomed by contractors.