The INSIDER daily digest -- May 22, 2024

By John Liang / May 22, 2024 at 2:04 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news from the House Armed Services Committee's mark-up of the FY-25 defense policy bill and more.

We start off with coverage of the House Armed Services Committee marking up its fiscal year 2025 defense policy bill:

House authorizers concerned about F-35 IP issues

Legislation approved by the House Armed Services Committee for the fiscal year 2025 defense policy bill is taking aim at the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's acquisition strategy, which has for decades given Lockheed Martin complete control over the system's technological intellectual property and mechanical parts.

House authorizers call for more Sentinel oversight in mark-up

Amendments to the defense policy bill passed in committee today would require further Defense Department reporting on the Sentinel nuclear missile program and more government oversight of the effort.

House authorizers consider defense policy bill with measures on mobile device security, AI

The House Armed Services Committee kicks off the process today of marking up the fiscal year 2025 defense authorization bill, with proposals on the table to secure mobile devices used within the Defense Department, bring on voluntary cyber experts and address concerns over artificial intelligence costs.

Gen. C.Q. Brown, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has directed the formation of a "Joint Future Steering Group," a new body that will include all three-star Joint Staff directors:

New Joint Staff Steering Group to be 'one of the most important' bodies shaping investment

The Joint Staff has established a new high-level panel to sharpen thinking about force design -- a group the Pentagon's No. 2 military officer predicts will become "one of the most important" Defense Department bodies -- with an aim to influence future weapon system investment plans.

Space Force and Army officials were on Capitol Hill this week, testifying about their respective FY-25 budget requests:

Space Force officials: Funding constraints limiting space domain awareness improvements

The Space Force needs more money if it's going to improve its space domain awareness capabilities, top service officials told lawmakers.

Document: National security space program testimony

Baldwin concerned about 'inadequate' funding for Army tactical wheeled vehicles

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) told top Army officials in a Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing today that she is worried the service is routinely submitting budget requests for tactical wheeled vehicles at levels "substantially below industry's minimum sustaining rate."

Document: Army's FY-25 posture statement