The INSIDER daily digest -- March 15, 2023

By John Liang / March 15, 2023 at 2:25 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a nascent "Joint Production Accelerator Cell" meant to help the defense industrial base, the status of deliveries of the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, future Pentagon munitions spending and a lot more.

The Pentagon is setting up a new internal group meant to help streamline the work done by the defense industrial base:

DOD establishes Joint Production Accelerator Cell to work industrial base issues

The Defense Department is establishing a Joint Production Accelerator Cell to help identify "optimal production strategies" and mitigate challenges facing the U.S. industrial base, according to a new memo from Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante.

Document: DOD memo on JPAC

Nearly 3,000 Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles are scheduled to be delivered in the next 20 years:

Army completes first deliveries of AMPV, with plans to reach full-rate production decision this month

The Army has completed its initial deliveries of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle and plans to reach a full-rate production decision by the end of this month, service officials said Tuesday.

The Defense Department's top acquisition official spoke at the Reagan Institute's National Security Innovation Base Summit this week:

DOD acquisition chief says new surge in munitions investments must 'stick' in future budgets

Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante said today he believes the increased U.S. investment in munitions, especially those meant to aid Ukraine and Taiwan, must continue for at least four or five more years.

A senior Pentagon technology official this week emphasized the importance of "data centricity" for providing, synthesizing and analyzing information in real time to inform decision making:

'Data centricity' becoming increasingly important for DOD

Using data to better respond to the rapid pace of the modern military environment is increasingly key for missions, said Bill Streilein, chief technology officer of the Defense Department's Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office.

The Missile Defense Agency last week announced the latest development in a long-running project to revise the contract structure of the homeland ballistic missile defense segment:

MDA preparing sole-source Boeing contract as part of GMD Futures 'in-fleet sustainment' work

The Missile Defense Agency is readying a sole-source contract with Boeing as part of the project to break up the Ground-based Midcourse Defense continuing sustainment and development work, announcing plans for a potential five-year deal for a Ground-based Interceptor Integration and Test Contract (ITC).

The Army's top acquisition official spoke this week at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s National Security Innovation Base Summit in Washington:

Army acquisition chief: Authority over different 'colors of money' for new software programs will be 'centralized'

The Army is attempting to help streamline pathways for new software programs by centralizing authority over different colors of money, service acquisition chief Doug Bush said Tuesday.

Guam is a strong contender for a new Marine Littoral Regiment due to its strategic positioning in the Pacific:

Marine Corps prepares to stand up third MLR, eyes Guam as potential location

The Marine Corps' fiscal year 2024 budget request includes funding for a new Marine Littoral Regiment, with Guam as one candidate to host the new unit.