This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on counter-small unmanned aircraft systems plus more coverage of the House and Senate Armed Services committees' fiscal year 2021 defense policy bills.
Army Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey, director of the Joint C-sUAS office, spoke to reporters this week about countering small unmanned aircraft systems:
The Army announced yesterday the selection of eight interim counter-small unmanned aircraft systems for future investments as the service takes the lead on joint counter-drone technology efforts.
The Army's Integrated Visual Augmentation System could get a funding cut, if House authorizers have anything to say about it:
The House Armed Services Committee is reducing funding for the Army's Integrated Visual Augmentation System due to operational testing delays and fewer units being purchased, according to committee aides.
There's also plenty of more news in the Senate Armed Services Committee's FY-21 defense policy bill, including testing of new technologies, tactical wheeled vehicles, ship procurement and more:
The Senate Armed Services Committee is pushing the Pentagon to set up a comparative testing program for U.S. technologies.
Senate authorizers are concerned about the Army's move to reduce funding across its tactical wheeled vehicle fleet in favor of developing next-generation systems, as they feel it could negatively impact the industrial base as well as readiness.
Senate lawmakers are seeking to prevent the Pentagon from choosing which year it lists a ship as purchased, after the Navy in its most recent budget submission featured two vessels for which Congress already issued funding and authorization.
The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to realign the Air Force's fiscal year 2021 tactical missile procurement budget to buy more anti-ship weapons and boost the service's classified research funding to continue maturing advanced air-to-air capabilities.