The INSIDER daily digest -- May 9, 2022

By John Liang / May 9, 2022 at 1:52 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on military assistance to Ukraine, the Pentagon's fiscal year 2023 budget request and more.

The Defense Department's top acquisition official spoke to reporters recently about military assistance to Ukraine:

LaPlante reviewing more than 300 industry proposals that could tap $6B for Ukraine weapons

Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante said the Defense Department hopes to spend $6 billion in emergency funding to procure new weapons that can be delivered directly to Ukraine, rather than transferred from U.S. stocks, and has received more than 300 proposals from defense contractors looking to do so.

The Pentagon's No. 2 civilian official spoke at a Reagan Institute event on Friday:

Hicks wants Congress to avoid budget boosts that diverge from DOD's plans

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said today that if Congress is to add billions of dollars to the Pentagon budget, as many lawmakers have vowed to do, she would rather the funds be used to relieve inflation to keep the department's five-year program plans on track, instead of halting proposed cuts to fleets of ships and aircraft.

Lockheed Martin flew reporters to Connecticut to visit the company's Sikorsky helicopter factory last week:

Sikorsky searches for the Black Hawk's future

STRATFORD, CT -- The 5,000th Black Hawk will join the assembly line at Sikorsky's sprawling production facility here later this year. It's a major milestone for a program that may have few of them left: The Army's final multiyear Black Hawk procurement order is scheduled to end in 2027, Sikorsky President Paul Lemmo told reporters Wednesday.

The Missile Defense Agency's fiscal year 2023 budget request provides new details about plans to upgrade terminal defense capability to deal with a new class of ultra-fast maneuvering threats:

DOD picks SPY-7 for land-based Aegis, giving Lockheed first U.S. customer for new radar

The Pentagon has selected Lockheed Martin's SPY-7 radar as a land-based sensor for the new project to harden Guam against projected Chinese threats, marking the first adoption by the U.S. government of the alternative to the Raytheon-built SPY-6 radar for use with the Aegis weapon system.

The Defense Information Systems Agency is barreling toward its May 20 transition deadline -- the point at which defense mission partners will need to jump from the existing milCloud 2.0, which officials are letting expire this summer, to commercial cloud or the new on-premise option, called Stratus:

DISA sprints toward May 20 milCloud 2.0 sunset date

After months of working "really aggressively" to add capabilities to a new, on-premise cloud environment and migrate users there ahead of the sunset of milCloud 2.0, the Defense Information Systems Agency is preparing to move toward a more regular update cadence shaped by a "very deliberately" planned roadmap, an agency official said.