The INSIDER daily digest -- May 13, 2024

By John Liang / May 13, 2024 at 1:24 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the fiscal year 2025 defense authorization bill, Air Force depots and more.

The House Armed Services Committee today released the draft chairman's and subcommittee marks for the fiscal year 2025 defense authorization bill:

Document: House lawmakers' FY-25 defense policy bill marks

We also have a deep dive into the Air Force's depot overhaul efforts:

Air Force depots in line for robust, brand-new IT makeover

The Air Force in September will release a dramatic, three-phased plan to overhaul its depots to be better equipped for a potential fight with a near-peer adversary, formally dubbed "The Air Force Depot Infrastructure Optimization Plan," an service spokesperson told Inside Defense May 9.

Related Air Force aircraft news:

Air Force eyes $18B for new investment by retiring 938 'legacy' aircraft through 2029

The Air Force wants to harvest $18 billion for new modernization priorities by divesting 938 aircraft -- including fighters, bombers, cargo planes, trainers, rotorcraft and more -- according to a DOD report that reveals for the first time the scope of plans between fiscal years 2025 and 2029 to finance new capabilities -- such as uncrewed fighters -- out-of-hide.

Some potential Virginia-class submarine funding news:

Plans to fund two Virginia subs take shape in Congress, with or without defense spending cap

The push to procure two Virginia-class submarines in fiscal year 2025 is gaining momentum in Congress, where some lawmakers are preparing to fund a second boat regardless of whether the Pentagon's topline budget stays within Fiscal Responsibility Act spending limits or breaks its $895 billion cap.

The Defense Innovation Unit was also in the news last week:

DIU releases Replicator overview targeted at industry involvement

The Defense Innovation Unit released an overview of the Replicator initiative this week, answering frequently asked questions and focusing on increasing industry's involvement amid the private voicing of frustrations from some companies.

DIU seeks quantum sensing and hypersonics for new emerging tech portfolio

The Defense Innovation Unit launched the first solicitation under its new emerging technology portfolio today, focusing the first lines of effort on quantum sensing and hypersonics.