The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 20, 2022

By John Liang / September 20, 2022 at 1:23 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on congressional efforts to extend small business legislation, the Defense Department's work on a national spectrum strategy and more.

We start off with coverage of lawmakers' work on extending small business legislation:

SBIR reauthorization bill includes three-year extension, multiple programmatic changes

Lawmakers are looking to move forward with a standalone, three-year extension for a key, decades-old program that administers small business grants across nearly a dozen federal agencies, including the Defense Department, according to a bill draft and summary.

Document: SBIR/STTR extension act of 2022

DOD Chief Information Officer John Sherman spoke this week at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration spectrum policy symposium:

DOD 'engaged' in work to develop national spectrum strategy

A top Pentagon official said the Defense Department is "engaged" in work on a national spectrum strategy that would guide 5G wireless technology deployment and ensure a coordinated, cross-government approach to shape future policies.

More coverage of this week's annual AFA Air, Space and Cyber Conference:

AFCENT Detachment 99 to tackle C-UAS, digital innovation

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Air Force Central Command has launched a new group charged with experimenting with off-the-shelf technologies to identify capabilities that can be used in the Middle East theater.

AMC approves KC-46A for combat deployment

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The KC-46A Pegasus has been cleared by Air Mobility Command for combat deployment, AMC’s top official told reporters today, marking a turning point for the troubled tanker that had previously been sidelined by technical defects and cost overruns.

L3Harris, Embraer enter KC-Z consideration with KC-390 tanker

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- L3Harris Technologies and Brazilian aerospace company Embraer are offering a jointly developed KC-390 Millennium as a new tanker for the Air Force’s consideration, aiming to break into the U.S. military air refueling market as the service looks to field a new generation of aircraft, the two companies announced this week.