The INSIDER daily digest -- May 5, 2023

By John Liang / May 5, 2023 at 2:02 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft competition, the Air Force's intercontinental ballistic missile replacement effort, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and more.

Doug Bush, the Army's top acquisition official, said recently that the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program is eight months behind schedule, due in part to quality-control-related delays with the engines at the sub-vendor level:

While their prototypes wait for engines, FARA competitors touting their technology

As Bell and Sikorsky await the delivery of the Improved Turbine Engines for their respective prototypes in the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft competition, each company is making its best case to the Army for why its technology is preferred.

Air Force Gen. Thomas Bussiere spoke at a Hudson Institute event this week:

GSC commander 'cautiously optimistic' on Sentinel delivery date

The commander of Air Force Global Strike Command is "cautiously optimistic" the service will be able to field Sentinel nuclear missile capabilities on the current timeline despite schedule concerns raised in recent weeks.

A U.S. official told Inside Defense this week that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is "revising its regulations" to propose adding eight new military installations to its real estate jurisdiction:

CFIUS proposes expansion that could block Chinese land purchases near U.S. military bases

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States intends to propose its authority be expanded to include oversight of eight additional military installations where nearby land has been bought or eyed for potential purchase by foreign investors, including those with ties to China.

A proposed cruise missile defense radar project is part of a $1 billion bundle of Pentagon investments meant to strengthen the domestic industrial base and secure U.S. supply chains run by the office of the assistant secretary of defense for industrial base policy:

DOD seeking FY-24 funding to develop prototype X-band domestic cruise missile defense radar

The Defense Department is planning a new-start project in fiscal year 2024 to develop select technologies needed for a prototype X-band domestic cruise missile defense radar -- a sensor needed to provide point defense of a limited number of critical targets.

The Hypersonic Air-Launched Offensive Anti-Surface (HALO) program, launched as a new-start initiative in fiscal year 2023, is intended to enhance offensive strike capability as a carrier-suitable weapon with higher speeds and a greater range than existing capabilities:

Navy looks to streamline HALO fielding with MTA Rapid Prototyping approach

The Navy plans to expedite development of a carrier-launched hypersonic weapon capability, shifting the program from a traditional acquisition pathway to the Middle Tier Acquisition Rapid Prototyping approach as it attempts to field the system before 2030.

Huntington Ingalls Industries executives discussed their company's quarterly earnings this week:

Shipbuilding contracts anchor HII Q1 revenue

Huntington Ingalls Industries on Thursday reported $2.67 billion in revenue for the first quarter, representing a 4% increase over the same period last year.