The INSIDER daily digest -- March 20, 2020

By John Liang / March 20, 2020 at 2:07 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on nuclear warhead funding, Navy ship overhaul spending, the Joint Strike Fighter program and more.

The National Nuclear Security Administration's FY-21 funding proposal asks Congress to appropriate more than $540 million for the W87-1 warhead effort -- nearly $180 million more than what the agency projected requesting in its FY-20 budget documents:

New cost models show NNSA underfunded early phase of GBSD's W87-1 warhead program

The National Nuclear Security Administration didn't provide enough funding to support the initial portion of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent's warhead modification program -- resulting in a larger fiscal year 2021 budget request than expected.

A new Pentagon legislative proposal would add "modernization, maintenance and repair" to the appropriations available under ship "overhaul":

Pentagon submits Navy legislative proposal to alter ship overhaul funding availability

The Pentagon earlier this year submitted several Navy legislative proposals to lawmakers, including one that would alter how the service could utilize funding for ship overhaul and maintenance.

Lawmakers are claiming it's "vitally important" to provide funding for 60 Air Force F-35As, 12 Marine Corps F-35Bs and 26 Navy F-35Cs:

Lawmakers express support for F-35 procurement boost

A group of 130 lawmakers is calling on congressional leadership to fund 98 F-35s in the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill -- 19 more than the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps included in their budget requests and two more than they asked for in their unfunded requirements lists.

On March 19, the Navy's Strategic Systems Program office launched the common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii toward the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands:

DOD conducts 'successful' long-range hypersonic flight test, declares event 'major milestone'

The Defense Department said today it conducted a successful long-range flight of a hypersonic glide body, an event it called a "major milestone" in advancing Army and Navy prototype weapons, flying an experimental payload more than 2,000 miles over the Pacific Ocean.

Inside Defense recently obtained a copy of the technical and conforming amendments the Defense Department sent to lawmakers earlier this month, which provide the language that solidifies the Space Force as a separate service:

Congress awaits substantive Space Force policy recommendations

The Defense Department has submitted the first of two Space Force legislative proposals due to Congress at the end of February, but the substantial policy recommendations are awaiting approval from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, the Naval Sea Systems Command chief, chatted with Inside Defense earlier this month at the West 2020 conference in San Diego:

Navy expecting naval shipyard sustainment effort to cost $25 million to $40 million per year

SAN DIEGO -- The Navy anticipates its naval sustainment initiative for shipyards to cost $25 million to $40 million each year, according to a top service official.