The INSIDER daily digest -- May 17, 2022

By John Liang / May 17, 2022 at 2:29 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on funding for the Defense Innovation Unit, an upcoming hypersonic target intercept test and more.

The Defense Innovation Unit is asking for 60% more funding in fiscal year 2023:

DIU seeks $15M in FY-23 for new battery storage effort

The Defense Innovation Unit wants $15 million in fiscal year 2023 to kick-start a new research effort centered on the prototyping and deployment of commercial battery technologies for military purposes.

Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill revealed new details about planned tests of the Standard Missile-6 and the Aegis weapon system in written testimony prepared for the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee on May 11:

U.S. military sets plan for high-stakes, shoot-down attempt of hypersonic glide vehicle

The U.S. military will attempt to shoot down a hypersonic glide vehicle in a high-stakes test that will inform plans for a next-generation guided-missile interceptor as well as assess the efficacy of currently deployed systems that are supposed to provide a last line of defense for aircraft carrier strike groups against Russian and Chinese ultrafast maneuvering weapons.

Document: House hearing on missile defense

The Navy has a new unmanned surface vessel command:

Navy will have seven USVs operating out of new unmanned vessel command

The Navy will have seven unmanned surface vessels operating out of a new West Coast-based command established on Friday.

Some Army network news:

Network officials emphasize simplicity, outline UNO acquisition strategy, during meeting with industry

PHILADELPHIA -- Army officials say their plan to create a simplified network is designed to fix a central problem: The network has too many tools.

At least one lawmaker is OK with the Air Force reaching the number of A-10 Warthog ground-attack aircraft:

McCollum signals support for A-10 divestment

House Appropriations defense subcommittee Chairwoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) will support the Air Force's planned divestment of 21 A-10 aircraft, according to a statement provided to Inside Defense.