This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Navy's Next Generation Logistics Ship, the Marine Corps' ongoing force design effort, the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program and more.
The Navy recently held an industry day for the Next Generation Logistics Ship:
The Navy's next generation logistics ship program recently published its initial acquisition schedule, but the project may falter early as a Senate panel pushes to cut the service's research and development funding.
Document: NGLS industry day briefing slides
The Marine Corps is entering the wargaming and experimentation stage of its force design process to assess the potential scenarios Marines could face during a conflict in the Pacific theater:
After unveiling the initial results of its force design work, the Marine Corps is gearing up for the third phase of the effort, analyzing and preparing to begin testing what it needs for a fight in 2030.
The House and Senate Armed Services committees both moved $20 million from the Pentagon's FY-21 proposal for the Space Development Agency budget to the Missile Defense Agency for the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program and then added $100 million for the new payload's development in their respective marks of the FY-21 defense policy bill:
Two congressional committees are again coming to the rescue of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program, each recommending a $120 million increase for an ostensible Pentagon priority that was not funded in the fiscal year 2021 budget request and rejecting the Defense Department's gambit to shift responsibility for the project from the Missile Defense Agency to the Space Development Agency.
The Air Force requested about $302 million in FY-21 to fund developmental efforts supporting the Advanced Battle Management System, but House lawmakers' version of the latest defense policy bill recommends a cut of over $85 million:
The House Armed Services Committee is proposing a major reduction to the Air Force's desired fiscal year 2021 budget for the Advanced Battle Management System -- the service's flagship program to achieve joint all-domain command and control.
The Senate Armed Services Committee's report accompanying the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill includes a provision seeking a briefing from the Army on the tactical wheeled vehicle fleet's minimum sustaining rates and its plan to support those rates:
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.