The INSIDER daily digest -- March 9, 2023

By John Liang / March 9, 2023 at 2:21 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the White House's release of the fiscal year 2024 budget request, a new Air Force helicopter program reaching a major milestone, the Army's recruiting woes and more.

The Biden administration has released the preliminary details of its multibillion-dollar fiscal year 2024 budget request:

White House seeks 3.2% Pentagon budget increase for FY-24

The White House has submitted a fiscal year 2024 budget to Congress requesting $886.4 billion in total national defense spending, with $842 billion specifically for the Defense Department, or an increase of slightly more than 3% above what lawmakers enacted for FY-23, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

In case you missed it, here's yesterday's reaction from analysts to leaked details of the defense budget request:

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.

The Air Force's new helicopter designed to patrol ballistic missile fields has reached a major development milestone:

MH-139A enters LRIP after Air Force and Boeing set plan for technical data

DENVER -- The MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter program reached milestone C and will enter low-rate initial production after the Air Force successfully negotiated data rights, service acquisition chief Andrew Hunter told reporters Monday.

More from this week's AFA Warfare symposium:

Saltzman details 'Competitive Endurance' theory for Space Force

DENVER -- Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman expanded upon his three lines of effort for "Competitive Endurance" at the Air and Space Forces Association Warfare Symposium on Tuesday.

View Inside Defense's complete AFA Warfare Symposium coverage.

The Army's top civilian official this week characterized getting and keeping new soldiers as "the most challenging recruiting landscape in decades":

Wormuth: Emphasis on Army's recruiting campaign could be reflected in budgets for next few years

A new marketing campaign rolled out this week aimed at helping the Army solve its recent recruiting problems could mean there will be additional emphasis in that area of the budget for the next few years, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said Wednesday.

Gen. Glen VanHerck, head of U.S. Northern Command, told the House Armed Services Committee this week that while he has confidence in the ability of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to counter North Korean threats today, he's less sure about the ability of the nation's main homeland ballistic missile defense capability to be effective in the future:

NORTHCOM 'concerned' about future U.S. ability to defeat North Korean ICBM strike

The top U.S. military official responsible for defending the nation against a North Korean nuclear strike said he is "concerned" about the Pentagon's ability in the future to defend the nation against a limited attack.