The INSIDER daily digest -- March 14, 2023

By John Liang / March 14, 2023 at 1:55 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has continuing coverage of the Pentagon's fiscal year 2024 budget request, along with the official announcement of the U.S.-U.K.-Australia submarine development program and the latest on the engine replacement effort for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

We start off with budget request coverage, including Air Force hypersonics procurement, Army munitions and the prospects for supplemental funding for Ukraine:

No hypersonics procurement money in Air Force FY-24 budget request

The Air Force will not seek any procurement funding for hypersonic missile efforts, but research funding has been requested for two of the service's highest-profile hypersonic programs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget Maj. Gen. Mike Greiner said Monday.

Army seeks $1.5 billion to bolster munitions industrial base in FY-24 request

The Army is including $1.5 billion in its fiscal year 2024 budget request to support the organic industrial base for the production and resupply of critical munitions.

DOD says 0.8% 'real growth' budget sufficient for China-focused strategy; supplemental likely for Ukraine

Senior Pentagon officials said today the fiscal year 2024 budget request represents less than 1% real growth above what Congress enacted for FY-23 but asserted that the topline is sufficient to implement a National Defense Strategy focused on deterring China.

Here's the latest on the official announcement of Australia getting nuclear-powered submarines:

New AUKUS plan has Australia buying three U.S. subs in early 2030s, followed by 'SSN-AUKUS'

The United States, the U.K. and Australia have announced a three-phased plan for Australia to obtain U.S. nuclear-powered submarines by the early 2030s, followed by "SSN-AUKUS" in the early 2040s.

Last but by no means least, the latest on the competition to replace the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's engine:

GE still touting new engine as Air Force moves away from AETP for F-35

General Electric doubled down Monday on its belief that it has the best solution for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engine update despite the Air Force's decision not to move forward with an Adaptive Engine Transition Program.