The INSIDER daily digest -- Oct. 15, 2021

By John Liang / October 15, 2021 at 1:53 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a recent multibillion-dollar reprogramming request, a proposed climate change-related acquisition regulation plus more from the AUSA conference.

Lawmakers have allowed the Defense Department to shift $3 billion out of an original $4.4 billion request among various programs:

Congress allows DOD to shift $3B in spending

Congress has granted the Defense Department permission to reprogram $3 billion in spending across a variety of accounts, though DOD had wanted to reprogram $4.4 billion, according to a new document from the Pentagon comptroller’s office.

Document: DOD's omnibus reprogramming request

The Pentagon issued a notice this morning seeking industry comments on a proposed climate change-related acquisition regulation:

DOD seeks comment on new climate change proposal aimed at contractors

The Defense Department is seeking public comment on a proposed acquisition regulation that would require major federal suppliers to publicly disclose greenhouse gas emissions and “climate-related financial risk,” while also mandating “science-based reduction targets.”

The Hudson Institute has issued a new report on the military services' dependence on China for batteries used on unmanned systems:

Hudson report warns of dependency on China for batteries powering unmanned systems

The military services’ push for more unmanned systems is dependent on the power supplied by batteries, a supply chain almost completed controlled by China.

Last but by no means least, our continuing coverage of this week's AUSA conference:

First operational M-SHORAD unit conducts first-ever live-fire in Europe

The first Army unit equipped with the new Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense capability conducted a first-ever, live-fire of the rapidly developed system this month -- a major milestone in the effort to harden U.S. ground forces in Europe from Russian threats.

Next round of major testing for IBCS set to launch in weeks

U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command is readying within weeks to commence a high-stakes assessment of Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense -- a command-and-control system that integrates sensors, weapons and mission command across an integrated fire control network.

Lockheed Martin forecasts 2027 delivery for NGI, meeting DOD hopes for accelerated timetable

Lockheed Martin believes it can accelerate delivery of a Next Generation Interceptor to support emplacement by 2027, a new development that matches expectations from senior military officials that incentives built into the acquisition strategy could deliver a new guided missile to defeat North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles sooner than 2028.

AM General pledges to compete for JLTV, guaranteeing Army competition in $7.6B acquisition

AM General, maker of the U.S. military’s legacy light tactical vehicle fleet, will toss its hat in the ring for the upcoming competition to build Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, a move that presents incumbent Oshkosh with a formidable challenger and assures the Army an industrial rivalry that acquisition officials hope will drive innovation and a fair cost in an estimated $7.6 billion project.

Army creating Black Hawk rendering to prepare for FVL digital design

The Army is making a three-dimensional scan of every part within a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter as a test run for the digital modeling that it plans to implement with the Future Vertical Lift programs, the leader of Army Aviation and Missile Command said this week.

(Read our complete coverage of the AUSA convention.)