The INSIDER daily digest -- March 8, 2023

By John Liang / March 8, 2023 at 2:11 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the upcoming fiscal year 2024 defense budget request, the AFA Warfare Symposium in Colorado and more.

With the White House set to release its fiscal year 2024 budget request tomorrow, some analysts are already underwhelmed over leaked details on proposed Pentagon spending:

Analysts react to leaked DOD investment numbers ahead of White House rollout

Leaked budget numbers indicate the White House intends to send a fiscal year 2024 request to Congress that would increase the Pentagon's modernization investments by about 4% above what lawmakers enacted for FY-23, but some analysts say that represents flat growth, or even a small cut when adjusted for inflation.

Check out our latest coverage of the Air and Space Forces Association's annual Warfare Symposium in Colorado:

Air Force launches next-generation tanker acquisition strategy

DENVER -- The Air Force is moving away from a previous aerial refueling modernization blueprint to instead develop what it’s calling the Next-Generation Air refueling System, or NGAS, service acquisition chief Andrew Hunter told reporters this week.

Kendall highlights themes of FY-24 budget with focus on NGAD, space systems

DENVER -- The Air Force will seek to procure roughly 1,000 uncrewed collaborative aircraft as part of its Next-Generation Air Dominance plan for the future fighter fleet, service Secretary Frank Kendall said Tuesday morning.

View Inside Defense's complete AFA Warfare Symposium coverage.

Don't expect the head of U.S. Special Operations Command to not send Congress an unfunded priorities list:

Warren clashes with SOCOM chief over unfunded priorities

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today unsuccessfully tried to get the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command to pledge that he would not send Congress an unfunded priorities list following the White House's regular budget request.

Document: SOCOM, CYBERCOM FY-24 posture statements

An agreement is slated to be signed March 10 at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, outlining a collaborative effort between the Pentagon's Office of Strategic Capital and the Small Business Association:

DOD Office of Strategic Capital to ink new agreement with Small Business Administration

The Defense Department's recently established Office of Strategic Capital intends to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Small Business Administration's Office of Investment and Innovation to help increase early-stage private investment in critical technologies, according to a Pentagon announcement.

Last but by no means least, here's the latest cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

CMMC leaders push for using NIST CUI standard across federal government

The Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification leader Stacy Bostjanick and accreditation body CEO Matthew Travis are pushing for the entire federal government to adopt National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171, the Pentagon's foundational standard for handling sensitive federal data for its CMMC program, to ensure consistency between defense and civilian requirements.