This midweek INSIDER Defense Daily starts off with a look at the Joint Strike Fighter’s engine options, the Army’s heavy truck modernization effort, a House committee’s view of the Air Force F-15X, and we finish with a big boost for the Pentagon’s budget.
A House committee wants a Pentagon office to take a close look at the options for the Joint Strike Fighter’s engine:
House appropriators want the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation office to complete its own review of the future propulsion systems officials are considering for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet, as the joint program office wraps up a separate analysis of engine modernization options.
The Army’s plan to modernize its heavy truck fleet got an important endorsement:
House appropriators expressed support for the Army's main program to modernize heavy trucks and questioned why the service has not asked to spend more on it in a report accompanying their draft of the fiscal year 2023 defense spending bill.
House appropriators are questioning the Air Force’s buying plan for the F-15X aircraft:
Air Force officials' repeated use of undefinitized contractual actions to award funds for procurement of the F-15EX aircraft is "unacceptable," according to the House appropriations defense subcommittee's report accompanying the fiscal year 2023 defense spending bill.
A Maine Democrat wants to boost the Pentagon’s budget by billions of dollars:
A House Democrat, in advance of a committee hearing to consider the annual defense authorization bill, has filed an amendment to increase the fiscal year 2023 national defense budget by $37 billion.
Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) filed the amendment today, one day before the House Armed Services Committee convenes for its marathon mark-up of the defense authorization bill.