The INSIDER daily digest -- March 22, 2024

By John Liang / March 22, 2024 at 3:32 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the military's fiscal year 2025 unfunded priorities lists, the FY-24 defense spending bill and more.

We start off with more FY-25 unfunded priorities lists:

Army submits $2.2 billion unfunded priorities list to Congress with focus on counter UAS

The Army has submitted a $2.2 billion unfunded priorities list to Congress for fiscal year 2025, which places a heavy emphasis on counter UAS, UAS and integrated air and missile defense.

CENTCOM sends lawmakers $450M unfunded list

The chief of U.S. Central Command has sent Congress a $450 million fiscal year 2025 unfunded priorities list, keying the need for counter-drone capabilities, but also reminding lawmakers that he still needs $2.4 billion that is included in a supplemental spending bill that has stalled in the House, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

SPACECOM seeking $300M for space domain awareness in $1.2 billion UPL

U.S. Space Command wants more than $300 million for programs relating to space domain awareness, according to its mostly classified unfunded priorities list topping $1.2 billion.

(Read our coverage of all the UPLs we've obtained so far.)

A new Joint Program Office for Guam missile defense has been established:

DOD stands up Joint Program Office for Guam missile defense headed by Army three-star

The Defense Department last month designated a single official to oversee the acquisition of technology needed to develop and field a 360-degree, air-and-missile defense capability for Guam, tapping Army Lt. Gen. Robert Rasch to be executive officer in charge of the newly created Joint Program Office in support of the Guam Defense System.

Aircraft coverage from the FY-24 defense spending bill:

Aircraft to see ramp-up in FY-24 deal, while missiles are slashed

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is on track for a $277 million increase to procure an additional three aircraft as Congress seeks to boost the Air Force's overall aircraft procurement, according to the fiscal year 2024 defense appropriations package released this week.

Congress poised to fund AETP in final FY-24 appropriations bill, just not for F-35

Congress wants to continue to fund the Air Force's Adaptive Engine Transition Program via a $280 million plus up in a looming fiscal year 2024 appropriations bill, despite the service asking for zero dollars for the option in its request for this year, according to documents released by lawmakers Thursday.

Chinook, Black Hawk get procurement boosts in FY-24 spending bill

Congress' fiscal year 2024 appropriations package adds more than $200 million for procurement of Chinook helicopters and more than $60 million for Black Hawk helicopters -- two of the Army's legacy aircraft.

Congress wants Air Force to justify its restructuring plan before making any changes

Congress plans to block the Air Force's restructuring plans unless the service can adequately justify the need, according to documents released today with the fiscal year 2024 appropriations conference bill.

Some Joint All-Domain Command and Control news:

INDOPACOM to test Joint Fires Network later this year, informing CJADC2 development

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command plans to test a developing battle management system connecting "sensors and shooters" across the joint force during a major exercise later this year, in a demonstration that could provide a roadmap for the Pentagon's Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control (CJADC2) initiative.