The INSIDER daily digest -- March 27, 2023

By John Liang / March 27, 2023 at 2:32 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on more of the Pentagon's unfunded priorities lists, a new Army surface-to-surface missile, the Pentagon's Glide Phase interceptor program plus coverage of a bunch of Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve initiatives.

We start off with some of the latest unfunded priorities lists:

Navy sends Congress $2.5B unfunded priorities list

The Navy has sent Congress a $2.5 billion list of unfunded priorities, highlighting $45.3 million for development of the "Maritime Targeting Cell Afloat" as its No. 1 unmet need, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Air Force submits $2.4B unfunded priorities list, keying accelerated E-7 procurement

The Air Force has sent Congress a list of $2.4 billion in unfunded priorities, citing the accelerated delivery of the E-7 aircraft as its top unmet need, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

SOCOM submits $847M unfunded priorities list

U.S. Special Operations Command has sent Congress an $847 million unfunded priorities list, naming a cybersecurity initiative as its top unmet need, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

The Army's Aviation and Missile Center last month awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to develop what could be a precursor to Precision Strike Missile Increment 4, to develop what is dubbed the Long Range Maneuverable Fires missile:

Army taps Lockheed to advanced development of extended range PrSM Increment 4 candidate

The Army is advancing development of a potential 1,000-kilomter surface-to-surface missile, a new variant of the Precision Strike Missile that aims to double the range of the baseline weapon, expand the service's deep-attack reach and give U.S. commanders a new capability by 2026 for a multidomain fight against a near-peer adversary such as China.

The Joint Requirements Oversight Council is scheduled this week to review the Pentagon's Glide Phase Interceptor effort, the latest in a string of high-level program reviews since last fall required to build the case for a major new weapon system program built around the Aegis defense system that will be fielded to the Navy and possibly the Army:

Glide Phase Interceptor poised to pivot from concept analysis to technical development

Pentagon top brass are set to review progress in the U.S. military's signature hypersonic defense project which is now poised to pivot from concept development to building hardware for the Glide Phase Interceptor, a major milestone review that will focus on efficacy of proposed GPI designs to defeat ultrafast maneuvering glide vehicles.

The Navy's fiscal year 2024 request contains $214 million for a bunch of Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve initiatives out of a $687 million DOD-wide RDER request:

Navy seeks $214 million for 24 RDER initiatives

The Navy's research and development budget request includes 24 new initiatives within the Defense Department's rapid prototyping and experimentation fund, which looks to field transformational capabilities across services.