The INSIDER daily Digest -- May 19, 2023

By John Liang / May 19, 2023 at 2:28 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the cost of U.S. military aid to Ukraine, the State Department revamping the foreign military sales process and more.

GOP lawmakers aren't exactly happy about a multibillion-dollar accounting error that has to do with U.S. military aid to Ukraine:

Senior Republicans whack DOD over 'extremely problematic' $3B accounting error

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released a joint statement today criticizing the Defense Department for making an "extremely problematic" $3 billion accounting error related to the value of U.S. weapons transfers to Ukraine.

A new State Department foreign military sales fact sheet states that key reforms are focused on everything from strategic planning to case adjudication to administering implementation of current and future FMS cases:

State Department 'retooling' foreign military sales process to accelerate weapons deliveries

The State Department, citing "shifting global security conditions" related to Russia's war in Ukraine and U.S. competition with China in the Indo-Pacific region, has unveiled a new 10-point plan to streamline the U.S. foreign military sales process.

The Pentagon has submitted a legislative proposal to Congress dealing with innovation at NATO:

DOD wants to contribute to NATO defense innovation accelerator

The Defense Department is seeking congressional authority to contribute funds to NATO's burgeoning Defense Innovation Accelerator of the North Atlantic (DIANA), according to a new legislative proposal.

Naval Sea Systems Command is undertaking a market survey for the design and construction of amphibious ships, according to a request for information issued this week:

Navy's market survey charts course for acquiring new amphibs

The Navy is undertaking initial steps to acquire at least a half-dozen medium landing ships (LSMs) -- formerly known as Light Amphibious Warships -- through fiscal year 2028.

In 2020, the Defense Department announced $600 million in contract awards for 5G experimentation and testing at five military sites, including the development of smart warehouses at the Marine Corps’ Albany base and Naval Base San Diego, CA:

KPMG demonstrates 'smart' warehouse prototype at Marine Corps Logistics Command

Contractor KPMG completed a successful live demonstration of its 5G-enabled "smart" warehouse prototype at Marine Corps Logistics Command in Albany, GA, showcasing a prototype designed to improve the efficiency and speed of warehousing logistics.

The Air Force this week issued a classified solicitation to industry which formally begins the source-selection process for the service's next-generation fighter aircraft:

Air Force begins NGAD source selection

The Air Force plans to award an engineering and manufacturing development contract for its Next Generation Air Dominance platform next year, according to a Thursday news release from the service.

The Air Force is conducting market research as part of its effort to compete the Cloud One follow-on contract, Cloud One Next:

USAF issues presolicitation for Cloud One Next contract

The Air Force is seeking information for data modernization and migration into commercial cloud environments, the service said in a May 18 notice.