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By Evan Ochsner
August 12, 2022 at 4:37 PM

The Army will temporarily deploy a 260-soldier sustainment brigade to Europe this fall in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the service announced Friday.

The 101st Division Sustainment Brigade will deploy from Ft. Campbell, KY, “to support the United States’ unrelenting commitment to our European and NATO allies,” the service said. 

Discussions this year among NATO countries should lead to updated force posture requirements, which could include the deployment of more U.S. soldiers, either permanently or on a rotational basis, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said earlier this year.

“Certainly, our sort of frontline states, like Poland, like the Baltics, are very interested in having [a] permanent presence,” Wormuth told the House Armed Services Committee in May. “We stand ready in the Army to support those decisions, once those decisions are made, as to where we might have a continuing presence of U.S. troops, and whether those would be permanent or rotational.”

By John Liang
August 12, 2022 at 2:04 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a recent U.S. missile defense intercept test off Hawaii, hypersonic missile development, Navy Super Hornet aircraft and more.

A U.S. missile defense intercept test took place this week off the coast of Hawaii:

U.S. intercepted ballistic missile target over Pacific while China exercised around Taiwan

The United States executed a ballistic missile intercept test over the Pacific Ocean during a multinational maritime exercise that included Japan, South Korea and other nations, in an event that overlapped with China's coercive military exercises -- including missile launches -- around Taiwan.

The United States is lagging behind China on hypersonic missile development:

RCCTO chief updates on China

The head of the Army's rapid capability development unit on Wednesday said China's strong development of hypersonics was due to a major head start over the U.S. and called on the defense industry to harden its cyber defenses against China and other adversaries.

Inside Defense recently interviewed Mark Sears, Boeing’s vice president and program manager of F/A-18s and EA-18Gs:

First Block II Super Hornet will be inducted for full kit upgrade in December

Boeing will begin converting the first Block II F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the most advanced version of the fighter jet at the end of this year.

Two T-7a trainer aircraft prototypes have now been delivered and are flying with the Air Force:

T-7A on track for milestone C timeline despite program issues, official says

The Air Force's newest training jet, the T-7A Red Hawk, is on track to meet a milestone C decision in July 2023 despite recent challenges encountered in the aircraft's development, a key official told reporters this week.

Some Joint Strike Fighter news:

AETP will not enter EMD without F-35 re-engine, official says

DAYTON, OH -- The future of the Air Force's Adaptive Engine Transition Program hinges on whether the F-35 receives a new AETP engine, a top official said today, which would determine whether AETP enters the engineering and manufacturing development phase or is discontinued.

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

Nakasone: DOD consideration of CMMC managed service providers should incorporate civilian agencies

Using managed service providers to help companies reach Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification compliance should extend beyond the Defense Department by incorporating civilian agencies that also handle controlled unclassified information, according to a former General Services Administration senior official.

By John Liang
August 11, 2022 at 1:25 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on analysts' takes on the recent Taiwan Strait crisis, plus Army high-energy lasers and more.

We start off with a deep dive into the Navy's options for defending Taiwan against a belligerent mainland China:

Analysts weigh scenarios for Chinese blockade of Taiwan and impact on U.S. Navy

As China flexes its military muscle around Taiwan and the U.S. Navy continues its freedom-of-navigation operations, analysts say a potential blockade or quarantine of Taiwan is more likely than an invasion of the island, a scenario that will weigh heavily on U.S. policy decisions.

Army Lt. Gen. Neil Thurgood, director of the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, spoke about high-energy lasers this week at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, AL:

Army set to deliver first 50-kilowatt lasers

The Army will deliver its first battery of high-energy lasers to Ft. Sill, OK by the end of next month, the head of the service's rapid capability development department said Wednesday.

Air Force Materiel Command's Digital Directorate Program Executive Officer Steven Wert spoke this week at the Life Cycle Industry Days in Dayton, OH:

Continuing resolution could impact contract for Air Force's E-7 Wedgetail

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force's replacement for the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft would be one of the more significant new starts impacted by a failure of Congress to pass a budget for fiscal year 2023, but the service has taken steps to mitigate delays in that instance.

News on the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System program:

Air Force to bolster feedback process for ABMS contracts with small businesses

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force can improve its relationships with small businesses competing for Advanced Battle Management System contracts by bolstering its process when the service decides not to award a contract, Gen. Duke Richardson said.

(Read continuing coverage of the Dayton industry days.)

The Defense Department inspector general's office has begun an assessment this month on hypersonic weapon systems:

DOD IG auditing U.S. military hypersonic fielding plans; are 2023, 2025 targets achievable?

The Pentagon's inspector general is beginning an audit of the U.S. military's marquee hypersonic strike project that will focus on one of the most salient aspects of the program: scheduled plans to begin fielding a new class of ultra-fast weapons by the Army in 2023 and the Navy in 2025.

Document: DOD IG memo on Army, Navy hypersonic weapon system program offices

By Nick Wilson
August 11, 2022 at 12:29 PM

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group has become the first CSG to deploy with a Marine Corps F-35C Lightning II squadron, and the second ever to deploy with F-35C stealth fighters.

The strike group, with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, returns to its home port in San Diego today after a seven-month deployment in the 7th and 3rd Fleet operating areas.

Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, the Abraham Lincoln’s (CVN-72) commanding officer, said integrating the 10 F-35Cs was largely “seamless and flawless.” She commended both the weapon systems and the data collection capabilities the aircraft provided.

“The situational awareness that they were able to provide to the commander was pretty impressive,” she said. “They were really able to demonstrate simply amazing capabilities for collecting, analyzing and sharing data amongst everyone in the strike group in order to make the best operational decisions.”

VMFA-314 is the first Marine squadron to transition from the retiring F/A-18A/C to the F-35C, which reached initial operational capability in Dec. 2020.

After the emergence of potential problems with F-35 ejection seats, a July 19 directive mandated that the entire F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet be inspected for faulty seat initiator cartridges within a 90-day period.

Bauernschmidt said that both the F-35Cs and F-18s embarked with the CSG were inspected for this issue, with little impact to their mission.

“We had the right people and the right parts. Within a matter of hours, we were able to keep all of those aircraft up and completing the mission as required,” she said.

According to a Navy press release, a total of 21,307 fixed-wing and helicopter flight hours --including 10,250 sorties, 8,437 launches and 8,487 aircraft arrestments -- were completed during the deployment.

By Michael Marrow
August 10, 2022 at 4:58 PM

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency today announced the selection of 11 teams that will lead Phase 1 efforts for the Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node program, moving the agency closer to its goal of fielding a system that can enable different low earth orbit satellite constellations to communicate.

The 11 teams, DARPA’s press release says, are composed of representatives from large and small companies as well as academia. They are from CACI, Mbryonics, Mynaric, II-VI Aerospace & Defense, Arizona State University, Intel Federal, SpaceX, Telesat, SpaceLink, Viasat and Amazon subsidiary Kuiper Government Solutions.

Most satellite constellations are currently isolated from one another since they operate on different waveforms with incompatible optical intersatellite links, a potential roadblock for future Defense Department projects like Joint All Domain Command and Control.

To bridge this gap, Space-BACN would construct an “internet” of LEO satellites, the release states, fostering interoperability between government and commercial satellites.

DARPA envisions the capability fielded by the program will be a go-to solution for future constellations and adhere to three main criteria, which the agency calls 1003: 100 gigabits per second to support most optical standards, 100 watts to limit power consumption and a unit price of $100,000.

The Space-BACN effort, first unveiled last year, has three planned phases with two separate technical tracks that will conclude in the development and testing of a prototype.

The first track will develop a flexible, low size, weight, power and cost, or SWaP-C, optical aperture. The second is aimed at fielding a reconfigurable modem that can support most optical waveforms.

After completing an architectural study for Phase 0, the announcement of Phase 1 teams today kicks off the next round of the program, a 14-month long effort that will involve component demonstrations in a benchtop environment and completion of preliminary design reviews.

Selected performers for the aperture and modem projects will then participate in an 18-month Phase 2 effort to develop engineering design units of the optical terminal components, concluding in a critical design review.

Throughout Phase 1 and Phase 2, a modular integration working group will meet periodically to design the system’s interface and achieve full connectivity of the terminals. The end of Phase 2 is then expected to achieve an interoperability demonstration.

“The culmination of this activity will be Space-BACN terminals with interchangeable components communicating with one another using different standards,” Space-BACN Program Manager Greg Kuperman explained in a video announcing the program.

CACI, Mbryonics and Mynaric were selected for the aperture project. The second track effort to develop the modem will consist of II-VI Aerospace & Defense, ASU and Intel Federal, the release says.

The remaining teams of SpaceX, Telesat, SpaceLink, Viasat and KGS will spearhead command-and-control solutions that can support interoperability between constellations and conduct a connectivity demonstration, according to the release.

As the aperture and modem projects progress, the release says, the third team will continue to test the cross-constellation command and control schema to evaluate its performance “in more challenging and dynamic scenarios.”

By Nick Wilson
August 10, 2022 at 3:12 PM

The Marine Corps. successfully completed ship-to-shore and shore-to-ship transport of a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle using a CH-53E Super Stallion -- the first time that a Marine JLTV was moved from shore to ship by air.

The successful operation demonstrates the capabilities of both systems and opens the door for new Expeditionary Advanced Base Operation (EABO) applications, according to an Aug. 10 announcement from the service.

The exercise was a combined effort that included the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit logistics combat element, Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, and the aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squdron-262.

The CH-53E first lifted the JLTV from a military training area in Okinawa, Japan and carried it over water to Expeditionary Sea Base Miguel Keith (ESB-5). The CH-53E then performed multiple lifts to simulate the establishment of an expeditionary advanced base from naval amphibious shipping, before carrying the vehicle back to shore.

“CLB-31 is focused on challenging and realistic training that employs expeditionary advanced base logistical resupply and prepositioning of critical equipment in support of the Naval Expeditionary Force,” said CLB-31 commanding officer Lt. Col. Matthew Verdin in a statement included in the press release.

By John Liang
August 10, 2022 at 1:17 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on hypersonic missile fielding plans, the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System program and more.

The Defense Department inspector general's office has begun an assessment this month on hypersonic weapon systems:

DOD IG auditing U.S. military hypersonic fielding plans; are 2023, 2025 targets achievable?

The Pentagon's inspector general is beginning an audit of the U.S. military's marquee hypersonic strike project that will focus on one of the most salient aspects of the program: scheduled plans to begin fielding a new class of ultra-fast weapons by the Army in 2023 and the Navy in 2025.

Document: DOD IG memo on Army, Navy hypersonic weapon system program offices

The Air Force Lifecycle Management Center is hosting a three-day industry event in Dayton, OH to discuss current and future Air Force weapon systems as well as near- and long-term warfighter requirements:

Air Force to bolster feedback process for ABMS contracts with small businesses

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force can improve its relationships with small businesses competing for Advanced Battle Management System contracts by bolstering its process when the service decides not to award a contract, Gen. Duke Richardson said.

(Read continuing coverage of the Dayton industry days.)

Some F-35 Joint Strike Fighter news:

JPO: 'Majority' of F-35 fleet cleared for flight amid ejection seat concerns

A "majority" of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet has been cleared for flying operations amid an enterprise-wide review stemming from a potential ejection seat malfunction issue, according to a Joint Program Office spokesman.

Army Maj. Gen. Robert Rasch, program executive officer for missiles and space, spoke this week at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, AL:

Industry proposals 'unaffordable,' 'almost unaffordable' for $9 billion Army missile portfolio

Industry proposals for new weapon projects are "almost unaffordable," a senior Defense Department acquisition official said today, sounding a clarion call for the private sector to better account for increased costs attributed to economic uncertainty, including rising inflation, supply chain interruptions and labor shortages.

Frustrated by "the lack of detail" accompanying the Pentagon's budget for the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve, the Senate Appropriations Committee has recommended reducing funding for the effort to nearly $176.6 million:

Senate appropriators seek to slash funding for rapid experimentation effort

Senate appropriators want to halve spending for the Defense Department's rapid experimentation effort in fiscal year 2023, knocking the Pentagon for a lack of "defined program goals" tied to the recently launched effort that aims to bridge innovative solutions with military applications.

By Audrey Decker
August 9, 2022 at 2:20 PM

The Government Accountability Office has shut down a contract award protest from Textron Systems over the Navy's Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Surface Vessel, according to an Aug. 1 decision.

In April, Bollinger Shipyards was awarded a contract to build the Navy's MCM USV which was a major blow to Textron -- a company that has worked closely with the service over the years to develop its MCM USV program.

Textron argued the Navy “misevaluated proposals and made an unreasonable source-selection decision,” GAO states.

However, Textron failed to demonstrate that the Navy’s evaluation was unreasonable or inconsistent with the terms of the solicitation, according to GAO.

The Navy Department “performed a best-value tradeoff that was reasonable and adequately documented,” the GAO decision states.

The competition was for a “build-to-print contract” for the initial production of the three MCM USVs, with the ability to procure up to six in the base year and options for up to 24 additional vehicles. The contract award totals $13.7 million, with options to bring the value of the contract up to $122.9 million.

By John Liang
August 9, 2022 at 1:28 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Pentagon's rapid experimentation effort, Navy multiyear procurement programs, the Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program and more.

Frustrated by "the lack of detail" accompanying the Pentagon's budget for the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve, the Senate Appropriations Committee has recommended reducing funding for the effort to nearly $176.6 million:

Senate appropriators seek to slash funding for rapid experimentation effort

Senate appropriators want to halve spending for the Defense Department's rapid experimentation effort in fiscal year 2023, knocking the Pentagon for a lack of "defined program goals" tied to the recently launched effort that aims to bridge innovative solutions with military applications.

Document: Senate FY-23 defense appropriations chairman's mark

A new Government Accountability Office report discusses several Navy multiyear procurement programs, including the DDG-51 destroyer, V-22 tiltrotor aircraft and Virginia-class submarines:

Navy agrees with GAO that Congress should know when multiyear contracts fall short of buy plan

The Navy has agreed with government auditors to notify Congress when the service falls short of planned procurement quantities in any multiyear contract.

Document: GAO report on Navy multiyear procurement

The Army has been considering including an economic price adjustment provision for Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle prototype material:

RFP amendment introduces economic price adjustment for OMFV

The Army will allow contractors vying to provide prototypes of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle to apply for economic price adjustments as the country faces high inflation, according to a request for proposals amendment issued Friday.

Courtnea Johnson, the Defense Information Systems Agency's cloud infrastructure branch chief, spoke this week during an online NextGov and DefenseOne event:

DISA leveraging 'lessons learned' from milCloud 2.0 for Stratus migrations

The Defense Information Systems Agency is leveraging "lessons learned" from the early days of milCloud 2.0 to smooth the migration process for officials' new on-premise cloud environment as they look to bring on additional capabilities and mission partners in the near-term.

In case you missed it, we had a deep dive into how the Pentagon pays defense contractors:

DOD still wrestling with 'third rail' contract financing and impact on industry cash flow

The Pentagon is conducting a contract financing review that could alter its decades-old approach to paying defense contractors, a convoluted subject with a controversial history that the department's pricing chief has likened to a "third rail."

By Michael Marrow
August 9, 2022 at 11:53 AM

The Space Force is conducting market research to determine the best means of transitioning legacy missile warning and tracking satellites to the next generation of command-and-control systems, according to a request for information posted by Space Systems Command yesterday.

The current Space Based Infrared System constellation, whose final satellite launched last week, is slated to be replaced by Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared satellites that will provide better detection capabilities for emerging threats like hypersonics. The first Next Gen OPIR satellite is scheduled to launch in 2025.

In the meantime, SSC is researching strategies to migrate the SBIRS satellites to a new ground-based, command-and-control system that will eventually extend to Next Gen OPIR as well, the RFI says.

Research is underway for that modernized command-and-control system, known as Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution. That work will continue through at least fiscal year 2027, according to the Space Force’s FY-23 research, development, test and evaluation budget justification documents, which state that the estimated total cost of the FORGE rapid prototyping middle tier acquisition effort is $2.8 billion.

Besides the C2 segment, FORGE consists of three other initiatives: mission data processing, relay ground stations and FORGE Next Gen transition, which plans to integrate future OPIR systems with FORGE and the Enterprise Ground Services. EGS is a separate program that seeks to develop a common enterprise ground architecture for all Space Force satellites, the budget documents indicate.

According to the RFI, market research for the SBIRS migration solution is intended to inform the acquisition strategy for FORGE, reduce schedule integration risks and increase the potential pool of vendors. The posting says the solution must have the following six attributes:

  • “Utilize advanced modern software solutions.
  • “Resolve obsolescence issues.
  • “Support rapid incremental capability delivery.
  • “Increase automation/lights out operations.
  • “Reduce the overall Operations & Sustainment (O&S) costs for the FORGE C2 solution.
  • “Government-owned technical baseline, including data rights, control of key/service definitions, and oversight/insight into program management and system engineering activities.”

The RFI states the desired delivery date for the C2 transition is in 2026 and that the deadline for a response is August 31.

By Briana Reilly
August 9, 2022 at 11:32 AM

President Biden today signed into law a long-anticipated plan to boost funding for domestic semiconductor production and funnel some $2 billion toward military microelectronics.

The framework, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official has said, is key to addressing supply issues for the chips that are used in Defense Department weapon systems and that enable artificial intelligence, hypersonics, 5G and other technology areas.

“Ensuring the military’s access to secure microelectronics, and having the most advanced capabilities that the commercial sector can offer, is vital to national defense,” Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said in a statement last week.

The legislation, which includes tens of billions of dollars to encourage facility and equipment investments and incentives for semiconductor manufacturing such as a four-year, 25% tax credit, made its way to Biden’s desk last week after clearing the Senate on a 64-33 vote and the House by a vote of 243-187.

Called the "CHIPS and Science Act,” the measure spent the last year inching its way through Congress, lagging behind the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that created chips manufacturing and research programs that had gone unfunded.

Sujai Shivakumar, the director of the Renewing American Innovation project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Inside Defense in a Monday interview that the legislation as a whole is “comprehensive” in its scope, touching on workforce issues, research, production and “the ecosystem that supports a much more robust semiconductor industry in the United States.”

Still, he acknowledged that adjustments will be required in the future, saying the plan “provides a base on which to take those initiatives forward.” He added DOD can also work to “diversify” the sources it draws from, something he said would bolster resiliency.

Forward movement could be limited by the restrictions DOD faces in its ability to shape the microelectronics market. Shivakumar noted while the Pentagon is “not a market mover in the sense that it perhaps was in decades past,” the department is “certainly moving the research agenda” in regard to specialized chips.

Pentagon officials have repeatedly touted the importance of onshoring microelectronics processing, with the supply chain currently centralized in the Asia-Pacific region. The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2023 budget request includes $3.3 billion for microelectronics technologies -- investments that Hicks previously said will focus on developing “the kinds of more high-processing and specialized chips that we need uniquely.”

By Audrey Decker
August 8, 2022 at 2:03 PM

The Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit is searching for commercial small boats to conduct littoral and distributed maritime operations.

DIU, which aims to leverage new technologies for the U.S. military, states in a recent solicitation that the platform should be able to perform reconnaissance, sensing, tactical maneuver and logistics support.

“The ability of the prototype to demonstrate simplicity, robustness and modularity across varying conditions and settings is of strong interest, to include features that enable fast, mobile, low-signature movement and sustainment of naval expeditionary forces operating across a series of austere, temporary locations,” DIU said.

The proposed solution should align with small boat use cases in the Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations concept, integrate external autonomous platforms and demonstrate endurance ranges at or beyond 300 miles, according to the solicitation.

The platform should also maintain high speeds at or beyond 35 knots, transport approximately eight to 15 combat-loaded personnel, demonstrate maneuverability and operate with limited signature, DIU states.

While the solicitation doesn’t list a specific service intended for the platform, it states that solution use cases could include “integration with standard U.S. Marine Corps communications platforms/sensor suites.”

“The planned period of performance for both prototyping and mission concept sprints is 18-24 months,” DIU states.

The agency is considering companies that can deliver two of the proposed solutions by April 2023 and deliver additional prototypes by June 2023.

By John Liang
August 8, 2022 at 1:29 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Pentagon's contracting processes, a new Navy hypersonic anti-surface missile and more.

We start off with a deep dive into how the Pentagon pays defense contractors:

DOD still wrestling with 'third rail' contract financing and impact on industry cash flow

The Pentagon is conducting a contract financing review that could alter its decades-old approach to paying defense contractors, a convoluted subject with a controversial history that the department's pricing chief has likened to a "third rail."

The Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare Program Increment 2 (OASuW Inc 2), also known as Hypersonic Air-Launched OASuW (HALO), has received funding support from all four congressional defense committees:

Oversight committees show support for Navy HALO effort

All four congressional defense oversight committees are recommending additional funding for a new Navy hypersonic anti-surface missile, which the service wants to start next fiscal year.

A new Government Accountability Office report -- first published in classified form in April 2022 and publicly released late last week -- reviews the Defense Department's acquisition of alternative position, navigation and timing technologies:

GAO: DOD business cases for GPS alternatives incomplete

Emerging weaponry that can disrupt position, navigation and timing services has pushed the Pentagon to field alternatives to the Global Positioning System, but the business cases for many of those efforts are incomplete, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Document: GAO report on GPS alternatives

This year's Rim of the Pacific naval exercise featured 26 nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines and more than 30 unmanned systems and 170 aircraft:

Navy wraps up RIMPAC, considers lessons learned

As tensions rise in the Indo-Pacific and the annual Rim of the Pacific exercise concludes, the commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet emphasized the importance of partnerships and maintaining the rules-based order.

The latest cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

'CHIPS-plus' is a step but 'considerable work' remains to meet challenges from China

Enactment of the "CHIPS-plus" law to bolster semiconductor production and U.S. technological innovation is an important step, says Mark Montgomery of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, but more is needed on research, investment and workforce training to meet the security and economic challenges emanating from China.

By Tony Bertuca
August 8, 2022 at 1:07 PM

The United States is sending a $1 billion military aid package to Ukraine, including long-range artillery ammunition, anti-armor systems, Claymore mines, armored medical vehicles and other equipment, according to a new Pentagon announcement.

The aid, which is being sent via presidential “drawdown” authority, will be transferred from U.S. stocks.

“This authorization is the Biden administration’s eighteenth drawdown of equipment from DOD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021,” according to a statement from to acting Pentagon Press Secretary Todd Breasseale.

“It is the largest single drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment utilizing this authority, and this package provides a significant amount of additional ammunition, weapons and equipment -- the types of which the Ukrainian people are using so effectively to defend their country,” he said.

Capabilities in this package include:

- Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);

- 75,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition;

- 20 120 mm mortar systems and 20,000 rounds of 120 mm mortar ammunition;

- Munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS);

- 1,000 Javelin and hundreds of AT4 anti-armor systems;

- 50 armored medical treatment vehicles;

- Claymore anti-personnel munitions;

- C-4 explosives, demolition munitions, and demolition equipment;

- Medical supplies, to include first aid kits, bandages, monitors, and other equipment.

The United States has now committed approximately $9.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration.

By Tony Bertuca
August 8, 2022 at 5:00 AM

Senior Pentagon officials are slated to speak at a key space and missile defense conference in Huntsville, AL, this week.

Monday

The Space and Missile Defense Symposium begins in Huntsville, AL, and runs through Thursday.

DefenseOne hosts its "Defense Cloud Landscape" event.

Tuesday

GovExec hosts its "Empowering the Next Generation of DOD Modernization" event.

Wednesday

Federal Computer Week hosts its Emerging Tech Workshop.