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By Tony Bertuca
March 13, 2023 at 12:01 AM

(Correction: The NSIB Summit will be held Tuesday not Wednesday as previously reported.)

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute has released a "National Security Innovation Base Report Card," giving the Pentagon poor grades when it comes to providing "clarity" to defense contractors and for failing to expand its pipeline for technological talent.

The report card, crafted in partnership with McKinsey & Co., states there is “broad consensus” that the Pentagon’s acquisition process must “go faster and be bolder” if it is to meet its stated goal of keeping pace with China.

“Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) cycle times remain close to their 20-year averages, record venture funding has not sufficiently addressed the ‘valley of death’ for startups, and the talent gap is the widest in a generation -- and growing,” the report card states. “The metabolic rate of change will need to increase substantially, given the negative trendlines noted for many of the key outputs.”

The group is releasing the report card ahead of a Washington conference it plans to host Tuesday.

In terms of “customer clarity,” the group gave the Pentagon a “D,” the lowest grade on the report card, indicating “ongoing major vulnerabilities that are significantly undermining health of the NSIB.”

“There is a noticeable gap in late-stage [research and development], prototyping and procurement funds available for NSIB actors,” the report states. “Recent efforts such as the Accelerate the Procurement for Fielding of Innovative Technology (APFIT) program seek to address this gap but should be increased to $1 billion and minimum award size increased to $30 million.”

The report card notes the failure of lawmakers to submit and pass on-time budgets and appropriations further complicates the issue.

Additionally, the group notes there is “no clearly articulated pathway to a program of record for a majority of the priority NSIB technologies outlined by the U.S. Government.”

The lack of a path is “particularly notable in ‘fast follower,’ commercially led technology areas (e.g., [artificial intelligence], microelectronics, biotech) where the DOD does not have the same level of market power that it commanded from industry during the Cold War,” the report states.

The report card also gives the U.S. government a "D+" regarding the management of its innovation talent base.

“The United States will need to foster a diverse global talent pipeline that not only attracts the world’s top talent but provides a mechanism to remain in the country upon graduation. Interventions under discussion have included H1-B reform and Congress establishing a National Security Innovation Base Visa program,” the report states.

The group, however, gave the government an “A-” for “innovation leadership,” the highest grade on the report card.

“America’s overall innovation leadership across a range of emerging technology areas remains a competitive advantage, but one that cannot remain static,” the report states. “Strategic competitors are investing heavily to catch up.”

The group, however, gave the government a “C” for “defense modernization.”

“While DOD use of prototype Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs) is on the rise, the increase is slowing. The key is to award follow-on production OTAs to field new capabilities,” the report states. “There is an opportunity to expand the Software and Digital Technology Pilot Program to a greater number of programs, as requested by the Secretary of Defense in both FY-22 and FY-23. In order to justify growth of the pilot program, the DOD must provide the requested data to allow for a thorough evaluation of the programs impact.”

The report also recommends increasing the “number and scope of bilateral and multilateral technology alliances to better compete against growing Chinese investments.”

By John Liang
March 10, 2023 at 2:21 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the fiscal year 2024 federal defense budget request submitted this week, plus more coverage from the Air and Space Forces Association's Warfare Symposium in Colorado and more.

We start off with Republican criticism of the Biden administration's fiscal year 2024 budget request:

GOP slams Biden's defense budget, top Dem sees 'useful starting point'

Congressional Republicans were united today in their criticism of President Biden's defense budget request, with some saying it is too small when compared to the rate of inflation and the planned surge in non-defense spending sought by the White House.

. . . Followed by more coverage of this past week's AFA Warfare Symposium in Colorado:

AFRL stands up Digital Capabilities Department in 'digital transformation' effort

DENVER -- The Air Force Research Laboratory moved forward its "digital transformation" effort by standing up a Digital Capabilities Department to better share data and digital tools among AFRL's teams, lab Commander Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle announced at the Air and Space Force Association's Warfare Symposium Tuesday.

Air Force anticipating 10% recruitment shortfall

DENVER -- The Air Force expects to fall short of its recruitment goals this year, the service's top leaders said this week at the Air and Space Forces Association Warfare Symposium.

View Inside Defense's complete AFA Warfare Symposium coverage.

John Plumb, assistant secretary of defense for space policy, spoke about the Pentagon's 5G policy this week during a House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee hearing:

Vacating mid-band for commercial 5G would cost DOD at least $120 billion and take 20 years

The Pentagon estimates it will cost at least $120 billion and 20 years to vacate the mid-band electromagnetic spectrum being eyed for auction to telecommunications companies developing the 5G commercial market and put at risk military capabilities that currently use S-band systems such as the Aegis radar and assured navigation and more for strategic missions.

Document: STRATCOM, SPACECOM, NORTHCOM FY-24 posture statements

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger spoke yesterday about the amphibious ship fleet at a forum hosted by the Amphibious Warship Industrial Base Coalition:

Commandant endorses block buys for amphibious warships

The Marine Corps' highest-ranking officer today doubled down on the need for 31 traditional amphibious warships and endorsed block buys and other contracting strategies to signal consistent demand to industry.

By John Liang
March 9, 2023 at 2:21 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the White House's release of the fiscal year 2024 budget request, a new Air Force helicopter program reaching a major milestone, the Army's recruiting woes and more.

The Biden administration has released the preliminary details of its multibillion-dollar fiscal year 2024 budget request:

White House seeks 3.2% Pentagon budget increase for FY-24

The White House has submitted a fiscal year 2024 budget to Congress requesting $886.4 billion in total national defense spending, with $842 billion specifically for the Defense Department, or an increase of slightly more than 3% above what lawmakers enacted for FY-23, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

In case you missed it, here's yesterday's reaction from analysts to leaked details of the defense budget request:

Analysts react to leaked DOD investment numbers ahead of White House rollout

Leaked budget numbers indicate the White House intends to send a fiscal year 2024 request to Congress that would increase the Pentagon's modernization investments by about 4% above what lawmakers enacted for FY-23, but some analysts say that represents flat growth, or even a small cut when adjusted for inflation.

The Air Force's new helicopter designed to patrol ballistic missile fields has reached a major development milestone:

MH-139A enters LRIP after Air Force and Boeing set plan for technical data

DENVER -- The MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter program reached milestone C and will enter low-rate initial production after the Air Force successfully negotiated data rights, service acquisition chief Andrew Hunter told reporters Monday.

More from this week's AFA Warfare symposium:

Saltzman details 'Competitive Endurance' theory for Space Force

DENVER -- Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman expanded upon his three lines of effort for "Competitive Endurance" at the Air and Space Forces Association Warfare Symposium on Tuesday.

View Inside Defense's complete AFA Warfare Symposium coverage.

The Army's top civilian official this week characterized getting and keeping new soldiers as "the most challenging recruiting landscape in decades":

Wormuth: Emphasis on Army's recruiting campaign could be reflected in budgets for next few years

A new marketing campaign rolled out this week aimed at helping the Army solve its recent recruiting problems could mean there will be additional emphasis in that area of the budget for the next few years, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said Wednesday.

Gen. Glen VanHerck, head of U.S. Northern Command, told the House Armed Services Committee this week that while he has confidence in the ability of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to counter North Korean threats today, he's less sure about the ability of the nation's main homeland ballistic missile defense capability to be effective in the future:

NORTHCOM 'concerned' about future U.S. ability to defeat North Korean ICBM strike

The top U.S. military official responsible for defending the nation against a North Korean nuclear strike said he is "concerned" about the Pentagon's ability in the future to defend the nation against a limited attack.

By Jason Sherman
March 9, 2023 at 1:33 PM

China quietly destroyed a high-flying spy balloon last month over the Atlantic Ocean in waters off South America, somehow downing an airship previously spotted over Costa Rica at about the same time a platform that appeared identical was transiting the United States last month, according to senior military officials.

“The PRC actually terminated that balloon in the Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast of South America,” Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of North American Aerospace and Defense Command, told the House Armed Services Committee on March 8, referring to the People’s Republic of China.

Gen. Linda Richardson, head of U.S. Southern Command testifying at the same hearing, added: “That’s what I understand as well.”

This development adds an intriguing postscript to the Chinese spy-balloon saga -- implying Beijing potentially had the ability to activate a self-destruct mechanism as the large airship and its payload drifted from Montana to South Carolina.

VanHerck last month assessed the balloon that flew over the United States was about 200-feet in height and carried a payload the size of a regional jet weighing between 1,000 pounds to 2,000 pounds. At that time, he said military leaders determined the sensor packages included photographic equipment and potentially explosives. The high-altitude balloon was eventually shot down by the Air Force in waters off South Carolina.

DOD officials at the time said the U.S. military took "maximum precautions" to prevent the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon from collecting intelligence on domestic military sites during its flight over states with sensitive installations -- including key strategic nuclear locations.

“We know with certainty they intended to surveil sensitive U.S. military and critical infrastructure sites,” Melissa Dalton, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and hemispheric affairs, told the House panel. “By shooting down the balloon in our territorial waters, we sent a clear message to the PRC that activity such as this is unacceptable.”

By Nick Wilson
March 9, 2023 at 1:05 PM

The Marine Corps will procure 16 additional units of a ground-based radar system, with plans to award Northrop Grumman a contract modification in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2023.

The company currently holds a full-rate production contract for 30 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) systems -- a multirole, expeditionary 3D radar capability the Marine Corps sees as critical in its force design efforts.

According to a Thursday service announcement, Northrop is the only company capable of producing and certifying the additional units due to its possession of the system’s comprehensive technical data package.

The release explains that Northrop has “asserted restrictions to much of this data,” and as a result, the Marine Corps’ Program Executive Officer Land Systems (PEO LS) cannot provide the information needed to manufacture these G/ATOR units to other prospective contractors.

The production, testing and delivery of the new units is projected to span approximately 72 months from the time of award, the announcement states.

G/ATOR will provide situational awareness to the Marine Corps’ newly announced Marine Littoral Regiments and is a component of the prototype Medium Range Intercept Capability, an air defense system intended to protect ground forces from cruise missiles and other airborne threats.

By Dan Schere
March 9, 2023 at 12:38 PM

The Army intends to award a follow-on production contract for the Stryker Double-V Hull A1 starting in fiscal year 2026, according to a service request for information posted Thursday.

The Double-V Hull A1 is the newest variant of the Stryker and was developed more than a decade ago to give soldiers additional protection from improvised explosive devices and roadside mines during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Double-V Hull design uses enhanced armor and blast-attenuating seats.

General Dynamics Land Systems produces the DVH A1, and its contract runs through June 2025, according to the notice. The vehicle has been upgraded over the years with engine/powerpack improvements, chassis modifications, in-vehicle network updates and electrical power upgrades.

The government anticipates awarding a follow-on production contract for FY-26 through FY-31, according to the notice.

The RFI states its purpose is to determine capability to produce the DVH A1 from industry. The government hopes to avoid a “substantial duplication of cost or unacceptable delay,” and will use a multiple year requirements contract to establish pricing for the requirements.

The government will assess industry’s capabilities to produce the DVH A1, produce new hulls for the vehicles and other tasks such as configuration management, vehicle inspection and final inspection.

By Shelley K. Mesch
March 9, 2023 at 11:39 AM

DENVER -- Boeing and Shield AI have signed an agreement to collaborate on autonomous capability development and artificial intelligence on defense programs, the companies announced Wednesday at the Air and Space Forces Association Warfare Symposium.

Boeing’s Phantom Works division will work with the software company -- which created an AI pilot called Hivemind -- according to a news release from Boeing.

“Boeing continues to leverage talent from across the enterprise to make great strides in autonomous capabilities and programs in recent years,” Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager for Boeing’s Air Dominance organization, said in the news release. “Collaborating with Shield AI, the leader in AI pilots, will accelerate our ability to deliver these capabilities to the warfighter.”

Shield AI ran an in-flight test of Hivemind on a modified F-16 in December, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

During a panel discussion at the symposium Wednesday on the Collaborative Combat Aircraft concept, Shield AI director of product Mike Benitez talked about the importance of developing capable AI if the Air Force is going to move forward toward its early estimate of 1,000 CCAs.

Uncrewed aircraft today require about four times as many people to operate than their crewed counterparts, Benitez said.

“The unmanned, remotely piloted fleet that we have today is certainly manpower intensive,” Benitez said. “It has not delivered on the promise that the past two-and-a-half generations have promised that we’re going to take the man out of the cockpit, we’re going to save on manpower.”

AI needs to be leveraged to cut down on manpower, Benitez said, if the service is going to successfully scale an autonomous fleet that can team with crewed aircraft under the CCA plan.

By John Liang
March 8, 2023 at 2:11 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the upcoming fiscal year 2024 defense budget request, the AFA Warfare Symposium in Colorado and more.

With the White House set to release its fiscal year 2024 budget request tomorrow, some analysts are already underwhelmed over leaked details on proposed Pentagon spending:

Analysts react to leaked DOD investment numbers ahead of White House rollout

Leaked budget numbers indicate the White House intends to send a fiscal year 2024 request to Congress that would increase the Pentagon's modernization investments by about 4% above what lawmakers enacted for FY-23, but some analysts say that represents flat growth, or even a small cut when adjusted for inflation.

Check out our latest coverage of the Air and Space Forces Association's annual Warfare Symposium in Colorado:

Air Force launches next-generation tanker acquisition strategy

DENVER -- The Air Force is moving away from a previous aerial refueling modernization blueprint to instead develop what it’s calling the Next Generation Aerial-refueling System, or NGAS, service acquisition chief Andrew Hunter told reporters this week.

Kendall highlights themes of FY-24 budget with focus on NGAD, space systems

DENVER -- The Air Force will seek to procure roughly 1,000 uncrewed collaborative aircraft as part of its Next-Generation Air Dominance plan for the future fighter fleet, service Secretary Frank Kendall said Tuesday morning.

View Inside Defense's complete AFA Warfare Symposium coverage.

Don't expect the head of U.S. Special Operations Command to not send Congress an unfunded priorities list:

Warren clashes with SOCOM chief over unfunded priorities

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today unsuccessfully tried to get the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command to pledge that he would not send Congress an unfunded priorities list following the White House's regular budget request.

Document: SOCOM, CYBERCOM FY-24 posture statements

An agreement is slated to be signed March 10 at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, outlining a collaborative effort between the Pentagon's Office of Strategic Capital and the Small Business Association:

DOD Office of Strategic Capital to ink new agreement with Small Business Administration

The Defense Department's recently established Office of Strategic Capital intends to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Small Business Administration's Office of Investment and Innovation to help increase early-stage private investment in critical technologies, according to a Pentagon announcement.

Last but by no means least, here's the latest cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

CMMC leaders push for using NIST CUI standard across federal government

The Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification leader Stacy Bostjanick and accreditation body CEO Matthew Travis are pushing for the entire federal government to adopt National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171, the Pentagon's foundational standard for handling sensitive federal data for its CMMC program, to ensure consistency between defense and civilian requirements.

By Tony Bertuca
March 7, 2023 at 4:54 PM

The State Department has notified Congress of a possible $1.4 billion foreign military sale to Japan of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft, according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency notice.

Japan has requested to buy up to five E-2D AHEs with associated engines, radars and other equipment, according to DSCA.

“The proposed sale will improve Japan’s ability to effectively provide homeland defense utilizing an AEW&C capability,” the notice states. “Japan will use the E-2D AHE aircraft to provide AEW&C situational awareness of air and naval activity in the Pacific region and to augment its existing E-2C Hawkeye AEW&C fleet.”

The sale, according to DSCA, will improve the security of a “major ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Northrop Grumman would be the principal contractor involved.

Meanwhile, DSCA also notified Congress about a potential $60 million sale of 255 Javelin FGM-148F missiles to Australia.

“Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific,” DSCA said. “The strategic location of this political and economic power contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist our ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability.”

The prime U.S. contractor will be the Javelin Joint Venture between Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Missiles and Defense.

By John Liang
March 7, 2023 at 2:13 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a protest of the Army's multibillion-dollar Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract, U.S. counter-unmanned aerial systems capabilities, the Marine Corps' updated Talent Management 2030 document and more.

The Army's multibillion-dollar Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract awarded to AM General is now under protest:

Oshkosh protests Army award of JLTV to AM General

Oshkosh will protest the Army's award of a follow-on production contract to AM General for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle that is potentially worth more than $8 billion over a decade.

The Marine Corps has released an updated version of its Talent Management 2030 document, part of the service's Force Design 2030 strategy:

Marine Corps prepares for rapid decision-making on high-tech battlefield

As the modern battlefield becomes increasingly complex, the Marine Corps wants to prepare Marines at all levels to make rapid decisions and contend with a variety of new threats, including unmanned systems and cyberattacks.

Document: Marine Corps' talent management 2030 update

Observing the capabilities used on both sides in the war in Ukraine, the head of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa says the U.S. would be able to down unmanned aerial vehicles as needed, but the cost balance would be in an adversary's favor:

Cheaper options needed to defend against UAS, component commander says

DENVER, CO -- Despite neither side securing domain dominance, air warfare has remained a key component for Russia's invasion of Ukraine, highlighting areas for investment in future counter-unmanned aerial systems programs, according to Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa Gen. James Hecker.

The Army's acquisition chief said late last week that in FY-23, the service is working on "a series of contracts around a couple ammunition capabilities" but could not share additional details:

Army acquisition chief says service will request multiple, multiyear procurement authorities for FY-24

Doug Bush, the Army's top acquisition official, said Friday that the service is working on securing multiyear procurement contracts for munitions capabilities for fiscal year 2023 and will request additional multiyear procurement authorities for FY-24.

Late last month, the Army Requirements Oversight Council -- a body chaired by the service's chief of staff -- met to discuss a potential follow-on to the Abrams tank but did not reach a decision:

Army leadership considering whether to launch Abrams tank replacement program

Army leaders huddled in secret last week to contemplate one of the most consequential decisions in two generations: whether the time has come to replace the Abrams main battle tank and what exactly a fifth-generation combat vehicle replacement might be.

By Dan Schere
March 7, 2023 at 12:42 PM

The Army's Third Multi-Domain Task Force will be at full operating capacity by May, Gen. Charles Flynn, commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific, said Monday.

The Third Multi-Domain Task Force, based at Ft. Shafter in Hawaii, was activated in September 2022 as the Army’s second specialty unit operating in the Indo-Pacific.

The Army’s multidomain task forces are theater-specific units that feature long-range precision effects such as cyber, electronic warfare, intelligence and long-range fires. The task forces use lethal and non-lethal capabilities across the domains of air, land, water, space and cyber.

The Army stood up the First Multi-Domain Task Force, which also focuses on the Indo-Pacific, in 2017 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State, and in 2021 the Second Multi-Domain Task Force was activated in Germany.

Flynn told reporters Monday that the First MDTF has been deployed on all exercises for Operation Pathways since 2021 -- exercises in which U.S. Army Pacific forces and partner nations work to build readiness and interoperability. Elements of the First MDTF have operated in Korea, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and Thailand, Flynn said.

The Third MDTF will “complement the positional advantage” that the First MDTF has gained since 2021, Flynn said Monday.

“They are full up in the region and operating and learning from the growth of the 1st Multi-Domain Task Force, and I’m really encouraged at the speed and the pace that the 3rd Multi-Domain Task Force is building itself in full operational capabilities,” he said.

Flynn said that having two MDTFs operating in the region allows them to increase the joint force’s “depth and scale.”

“What we’re looking to do is rotationally, dynamically employ them in the region on Operation Pathways as part of our campaigning in the region so that we can fulfill the three pillars of the National Defense Strategy of integrated deterrence, building enduring advantage and campaigning in the Pacific,” he said.

Flynn also said on Monday that the First and Third MDTFs will join the Third Marine Littoral Regiment in training together at the new Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center in Schofield Barracks, HI.

By John Liang
March 6, 2023 at 1:45 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Army looking into the possibility of replacing the M1A1 Abrams main battle tank, upgrades to Navy destroyers and more.

Late last month, the Army Requirements Oversight Council -- a body chaired by the service's chief of staff -- met to discuss a potential follow-on to the Abrams tank but did not reach a decision:

Army leadership considering whether to launch Abrams tank replacement program

Army leaders huddled in secret last week to contemplate one of the most consequential decisions in two generations: whether the time has come to replace the Abrams main battle tank and what exactly a fifth-generation combat vehicle replacement might be.

Rear Adm. Fred Pyle, director of the office of the chief of naval operations' surface warfare division (N96), spoke last week at a Navy League event:

Pyle: Surface warfare roadmap includes DDG upgrades and new weapon systems

Over the next 15 years, the surface Navy will focus on upgrading its fleet of destroyers and investing in new weapon systems like hypersonic missiles and directed energy, a top surface warfare officer said while laying out the service's future years defense program forecast.

Joint Strike Fighter aircraft are getting their engines retrofitted with a fix that should allow them to return to flight soon:

JPO orders retrofit for F-35 engines following 'harmonic resonance' incident

F-35 Joint Strike Fighters grounded by an engine problem discovered in December will undergo an immediate retrofitting procedure to return to flight, the Joint Program Office said Thursday, and all other F-35s should be retrofitted within 90 days.

Fortem Technologies has evolved its work with miniature radar into an end-to-end counter-drone system that has captured the attention of investors as well as foreign countries like Ukraine:

Drones armed with precision-fired nets protecting U.S. strategic, Ukrainian critical sites

The U.S. government is protecting select strategic sites from small-uncrewed air systems with new counter-drone technology developed by a Utah startup that nabs a threat mid-air with a net, a system that is also proving itself in operations over Ukraine by thwarting some Russian intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions as well as kamikaze drone strikes.

The Hudson Institute recently hosted Ely Ratner, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs:

DOD officials anticipate additional MLR in Indo-Pacific

The Marine Corps' newly announced Okinawa-based Marine Littoral Regiment is not the only MLR the service plans to stand up in the region, according to senior Pentagon policy officials who underscored the importance of forward-deployed forces to deter an increasingly aggressive Chinese military.

By Dan Schere
March 6, 2023 at 12:25 PM

For the first time, the annual aviation missile summit hosted by the Army's Project Management Office for Aircraft Survivability Equipment will be open to the private sector.

The summit, which will be held June 27-29 in Atlanta, gives the Army, Navy and Air Force a chance to share information with each other about aircraft survivability, test event updates, intelligence community threat briefings and supporting lab updates, according to a notice posted last week.

The summit is meant to “align on efforts to improve overall systems effectiveness and gain resource efficiencies” across the three services, the notice states.

In past years, industry partners were not allowed to attend because the event was solely focused on discussing testing capabilities between the three services, according to Brandon Pollachek, a spokesman for the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors.

Industry will be present this year because the summit will cover more areas that may be of interest, Pollachek wrote in an email to Inside Defense last week.

“Industry is now being included in the summit to afford them an opportunity to understand the technical challenges within the ASE community,” he wrote.

Companies represented will be U.S. only, Pollachek added.

The government is asking companies interested in attending the summit to respond to the notice by April 28.

By John Liang
March 6, 2023 at 11:35 AM

The Air and Space Forces Association's annual Warfare Symposium begins this week.

Major speakers will include Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown, Chief of Space Operations Gen. B. Chance Saltzman, U.S. Northern Command Commander Gen. Glen D. VanHerck and others.

Stay tuned to Inside Defense for comprehensive coverage.

You can read our coverage of last year's conference here.

By Tony Bertuca
March 6, 2023 at 5:00 AM

The fiscal year 2024 defense budget request is scheduled to be released this week. Meanwhile, senior defense officials are slated to speak at several public events and testify on Capitol Hill.

Monday

The Air and Space Forces Association hosts its Warfare Symposium in Aurora, CO. The event runs through Wednesday.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts a discussion on Beijing's assessment of U.S. strategy toward Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific region.

Tuesday

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Cyber Command.

Wednesday

The House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing with the chiefs of U.S. Northern and Southern commands.

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee holds a hearing on U.S. strategic forces posture.

Thursday

The fiscal year 2024 federal budget request is expected to be released.

The House Armed Services cyber, information technology and innovation subcommittee holds a hearing on “defense in a digital era.”

The House Armed Services intelligence and special operations subcommittee holds a hearing on U.S. Special Operations Command.

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee hosts its annual Member Day.

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on U.S. Strategic and Space commands.

Friday

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee holds a hearing on U.S. and adversary hypersonics programs.

The House Appropriations military construction, veterans affairs and related agencies subcommittee hosts its annual member day.

The Hudson Institute hosts a discussion on Ukraine with Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA).