The INSIDER daily digest -- May 14, 2019

By John Liang  
May 14, 2019 at 2:02 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has coverage of a Navy business case analysis of racapitalizing the service's surge sealift fleet, along with stories on the House Appropriations Committee's draft FY-20 defense spending bill.

Inside Defense was able to review a Navy business case analysis of racapitalizing the service's surge sealift fleet:

Navy's options for surge sealift recap range from $22B to $38B through 2048

The Navy has assessed four potential options to recapitalize the surge sealift fleet through 2048 and estimates the costs will range between $22 billion and $38 billion, according to the service's business case analysis viewed by Inside Defense.

The House Appropriations Committee's draft FY-20 defense spending bill is now out, with the defense subcommittee due to mark up the legislation tomorrow:

House appropriators move to cut DOD transfer authority over border barrier 'abuse'

The Democrat-led House Appropriations defense subcommittee, still smarting from the Pentagon's recent unilateral budget transfers to build barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, has drafted a bill that would reduce and restrict the Pentagon’s future ability to reprogram funds.

In case you missed it, here's our coverage of a recent Pentagon reprogramming action (requiring no congressional approval) that shifts more funds to build a border wall:

DOD to build border barriers with some excess weapon system funds

The Pentagon intends to transfer $1.5 billion from several areas, including weapons acquisition programs, to construct new barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a recent reprogramming notification sent to Congress.

Document: DOD's border funding reprogramming action

More news from the draft House spending bill:

House defense appropriators aim to cut $2 billion from Navy shipbuilding account

House defense appropriators will mark up a draft defense funding bill this week that trims the Navy's fiscal year 2020 shipbuilding request by more than $2 billion.

House appropriators want more details on Pentagon's space reorganization plans

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee's draft fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill proposes continued study and refinement of the Defense Department's plan to establish a Space Force and puts a hold on funding for a new Space Development Agency until the Air Force offers more details on the organization's mission.

Document: Draft FY-20 House defense spending bill