The INSIDER daily digest -- March 26, 2024

By John Liang / March 26, 2024 at 2:44 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the latest unfunded priorities lists, the Army's Integrated Battle Command System and more.

We start off with the latest unfunded priorities lists:

Air Force submits $3.5 billion unfunded priorities list to Congress

The Air Force is asking Congress for $3.5 billion to cover unfunded priorities mostly related to the service's recently announced structural shakeup to better prepare for conflict with a near-peer adversary, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Navy sends $3.7 billion unfunded priority list to Congress

The Navy submitted a $3.7 billion list of "unfunded priorities" to Congress today, including $403 million in additional funding for the submarine industrial base workforce and supplier development as its top item, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

DOD tech chief submits $81.5M unfunded priorities list

Pentagon technology chief Heidi Shyu has sent Congress an $81.5 million unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2025, keying two programs that would provide additional capabilities to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

. . . Followed by coverage of the AUSA Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, AL:

Army targeting mid-2025 for fielding IBCS to initial battalions

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Army will field the Integrated Battle Command System to the first couple of Patriot battalions starting in mid-2025, according to the program manager.

(Full AUSA Global Force Symposium coverage.)

Some unmanned systems news:

Navy postpones LUSV procurement and clips R&D in a sign it may be rethinking strategy

The Navy is pumping the brakes on the development and fielding of the Large Unmanned Surface Vessel, reducing the fiscal year 2025 funding request for LUSV research and development by approximately $74 million while postponing planned procurement of the lead vessel by two years, budget documents state.

Last but by no means least, our colleagues at Inside AI Policy have news from the head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency:

DARPA director cites U.S. advantages in AI race with China, describes government role

The U.S. and China each have advantages in the race to develop and deploy artificial intelligence technologies, but that dispersed roles and responsibilities for government and the private sector is a U.S. strength that matches this country's values, according to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Director Stefanie Tompkins.