The INSIDER daily digest -- March 23, 2023

By John Liang / March 23, 2023 at 2:46 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Air Force's Next Generation Reentry Vehicle program, Pentagon efforts to help small businesses work on defense contracts and more.

The Air Force is seeking $15.5 million in next year's research, development, test and evaluation budget to begin early acquisition activities for the Next Generation Reentry Vehicle program:

Air Force to pursue Next Generation Reentry Vehicle for nuclear missiles

The Air Force will begin funding research for a Next Generation Reentry Vehicle for its LGM-35A Sentinel nuclear missile, according to justification documents released along with the fiscal year 2024 budget request.

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing this week on Defense Department small business tools for enhancing the industrial base:

Senate committee seeks to end decline in small business defense contractors

Small business represents 99% of U.S. businesses. Yet their participation as contractors in the defense industrial base has declined by 40% in the past decade.

Document: Senate hearing on DOD and small businesses

The Navy's fiscal year 2024 budget request seeks $557.5 million for 80 Amphibious Combat Vehicles and anticipates procurement to climb to over 100 vehicles in FY-25:

Steady ACV acquisition continues while Force Design cuts total procurement plan

The Navy's fiscal year 2024 budget request looks to continue a steady procurement schedule for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle while Marine Corps force design efforts scale back total procurement quantities for the program.

U.S. Northern Command has submitted its FY-24 unfunded priorities list to Congress:

NORAD chief seeks 3DELRR radars to fill homeland defense 'surveillance gaps' in FY-24 wish list

The head of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace and Defense Command has identified a $211.5 million project not funded in the Pentagon's fiscal year 2024 budget request that would buy nine Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radars to monitor domestic airspace if Congress were to provide additional funding.

The latest cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Pentagon finalizes rulemaking directing contracting officers to consider supplier risk during evaluation process

The Defense Department has finalized a rulemaking to revise the use of its supplier risk system platform for acquisition officials when evaluating bids for contracts, making a move that stakeholders see as a precursor for the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program becoming part of the formal acquisition process.