The INSIDER daily digest -- June 17, 2024

By Thomas Duffy / June 17, 2024 at 3:16 PM

Today’s INSIDER Daily Digests looks at congressional action on artificial intelligence, unmanned air systems, the transfer of Guard units to the space force, the Biden administration’s views on the Senate defense authorization bill action, and more.

Senate authorizers want DOD to set up two AI pilot programs:

Senate defense bill calls for two AI pilot programs, bolsters c-UAS technologies

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s fiscal year 2025 defense authorization bill requires the Defense Department to establish two artificial intelligence pilot programs and implement a slew of requirements aimed at advancing technology used to counter uncrewed aircraft systems.

The Army may get some flexibility in its unmanned systems program funding:

Senate authorizers want proposal from Army on flexible small UAS funding

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the fiscal year 2025 defense authorization bill would require the Army to submit a proposal for consolidating funding lines for small unmanned systems, according to a summary of the legislation released today.

The transfer of Guard units to the Space Force may not need a governor’s OK:

Senate authorizers wouldn’t require governor approval to transfer Guard units to Space Force

Senate authorizers voted yesterday to allow the Space Force to absorb certain Air National Guard units without authority from governors of the states overseeing those units.

Senators see the need to add billions to the defense budget:

Senate Armed Services Committee moves to break defense spending cap by $25B

The Democrat-led Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a fiscal year 2025 defense authorization bill that would break the cap mandated by the Fiscal Responsibility Act by more than $25 billion, setting the stage for a months-long confrontation with the House’s GOP majority.

A missile defense sensor showed promise in a recent test:

MDA: HBTSS sensors ‘successfully’ track launch, hypersonic flight in calibration test

The Pentagon this week executed the first of two planned flight tests to calibrate new space-based sensors recently placed in orbit as part of the U.S. military’s latest efforts to assemble a suite of new technologies to counter long-range hypersonic glide vehicles.

The Air Force will do some thinking regarding the service’s next fighter aircraft:

Allvin declines to commit to fielding NGAD as planned

The future of the Next Generation Air Dominance aircraft is hanging in the balance after Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Allvin today appeared non-committal to the sixth-generation Lfighter program.