The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 1, 2023

By John Liang / September 1, 2023 at 12:53 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has the Pentagon's thoughts on the upcoming continuing resolution needed to keep the government funded past Sept. 30, the Missile Defense Agency's Long Range Discrimination Radar program suffering another setback, the Army's Precision Strike Missile and more.

The White House Office of Management and Budget has submitted to lawmakers a list of requested continuing resolution "anomalies":

Columbia-class sub included in White House's CR 'anomalies' request

The White House is asking Congress to avert a looming government shutdown by passing a stopgap continuing resolution that, among other things, would include authority for the Defense Department to spend money on the Columbia-class submarine program to avoid a 20-month delay, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

The Missile Defense Agency's Long Range Discrimination Radar program suffered another setback this week:

Target malfunction trips up LRDR; DOD at risk of taking ownership before validating utility

A ballistic missile target malfunctioned during a key test required to make an operational assessment of the Long Range Discrimination Radar, dealing the new sensor project another schedule setback and putting the Pentagon in the position of taking ownership of a new weapon before validating it works as promised.

Operational testing for the Army's Precision Strike Missile is scheduled to start in 2024 with low-rate production, full-rate production and initial capability testing scheduled for 2025:

Army Precision Strike Missile development on track and meeting benchmarks

In the midst of early capability testing, development of the Army's next-generation ballistic missile is on track and meeting benchmarks, according to the service.

Some nanotube news:

Nanotubes project closes research-prototype gap

Military applications for boron nitride nanotubes -- which hold promise for their strength and radiation-shielding properties -- are expected to move more quickly from the laboratory to prototype under the inaugural S²MARTS Research OTA project.

Todd Serres, the Air Force's associate chief of command and control and integrated air and missile defense, spoke about the service's Agile Combat Employment concept this week:

Air base defense for Agile Combat Employment will need large upfront investment, official says

Fully implementing the Air Force's Agile Combat Employment concept in the Indo-Pacific will require large upfront investments to better defend proliferated bases, an Air Force official said this week at the Mitchell Institute.