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By John Liang
October 26, 2022 at 2:02 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has coverage of defense contractors' quarterly earnings and more.

General Dynamics executives discusses the company's quarterly earnings this week:

GD: Shipbuilding remains profitable despite labor and supply chain challenges

General Dynamics executives this week reported a profitable third quarter that was largely unimpeded by supply chain challenges and shipyard labor shortages.

GD: Russia-sparked demand boost has become reality

General Dynamics executives on Wednesday suggested that demand increases sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have grown more concrete during the previous quarter, as eastern European countries seek to bolster inventories of ground vehicles, munitions and bridge systems.

. . . as did Raytheon:

Raytheon reports lower Q3 military sales; 'hand-to-mouth' supply chain through 2024

Raytheon Technologies reported a decline in military business sales in the third quarter of 2022 in the company's earnings call this morning, a problem largely attributed to supply chain woes that are expected to last into 2024.

. . . and Boeing:

Boeing Defense records major losses, pointing at KC-46A and VC-25B fixed-price contracts

Boeing lost $2.8 billion from its Defense, Space and Security business in the third quarter from fixed-price development programs, according to the company's earnings report, because of continuously rising supply chain and manufacturing costs along with "technical challenges."

The Pentagon has set up a new acquisition, integration and interoperability office:

DOD standing up new office to integrate JADC2 across the military

Pentagon leaders are working to stand up a new office that aims to tackle the process of integrating the military service-led efforts to achieve Joint All-Domain Command and Control across the Defense Department.

Over the past year, the Navy has run eight test events bringing classified information into the live, virtual and constructive network environment:

Navy testing highly classified information in LVC training environment

Citing the Navy's struggle to fully exercise its capabilities, Commander of Naval Information Forces Vice Adm. Kelly Aeschbach hopes to put highly classified information into the service's live, virtual and constructive network to better employ technology and train sailors.

News on the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon program:

Army pivots from OTA to FAR for follow-on work in Long Range Hypersonic Weapon effort

The Army is upending its acquisition strategy for Long Range Hypersonic Weapon ground equipment -- the vehicles and associated support gear needed for a second and third battery -- after the presumed prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, elected in May not to submit a sole-source proposal.

Pentagon research and engineering chief Heidi Shyu spoke at a conference in Atlanta, GA, hosted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this week:

Shyu to make case this week to fund FY-24 tech 'sprints'

Defense Department technology chief Heidi Shyu said today she will be participating in a special Pentagon meeting this week to determine the fiscal year 2024 budget profile for future experimentation "sprints" intended to rapidly assess new military technology.

By Evan Ochsner
October 26, 2022 at 1:35 PM

The Army will buy 28 new virtual firearm training simulators for use at posts around the country from 3D simulation company Digimation, according to an announcement released Wednesday.

The training system consists of a small projector that can be set up almost anywhere and a training rifle that can track soldier movements, Digimation said in the announcement. The company says the system is easy to use and portable, which means more soldiers can be trained more frequently.

“The Army is moving away from large, expensive firearms training systems because they don’t provide the accessibility and throughput of DART and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more,” Digimation President David Avgikos said in the announcement.

The systems are used by more than 300 police departments, the company said.

The Army has in recent months expressed a growing interest in synthetic and virtual training capabilities. In July, the service awarded two prototype contracts to develop the Synthetic Virtual Trainer, which the service said would “increase the quality and quantity of realistic training task repetitions, accelerate and sustain soldier skill target acquisition, and increase soldier lethality and unit readiness.”

The service is working to develop a Synthetic Training Environment, a complex, interconnected training system that can provide training for a wide range of Army missions.

By Michael Marrow
October 26, 2022 at 1:24 PM

The first of two satellites in the Weather System Follow-on program is on schedule for a September 2023 delivery following the planned completion of a combined cybersecurity assessment in February 2023, WSF Program Manager David Betz said in a statement to Inside Defense.

The program planned to conduct two separate cybersecurity assessments next month and in March 2023, the Government Accountability Office stated in its annual weapon systems assessment published in June. According to Betz, those two cybersecurity tests have been combined to a single event in February 2023.

Testing of the entire system consisting of the space, ground and launch segments is still set for November, Betz said, with an adversarial assessment scheduled for August 2023. The first WSF satellite is also still on track for a September 2023 delivery with a launch date in the first quarter of fiscal year 2024.

The WSF satellites will monitor energetic charged particles, analyze ocean surface vector winds and measure tropical cyclone intensity to fill critical capability gaps for the Space Force. For example, no existing platforms provide the necessary ocean wind surface data requirements that will be supplied by the WSF satellites, program officials told GAO.

Ball Aerospace is the prime for the WSF satellites. The company signed a contract for design and risk reduction of the first satellite in 2017, which was followed by an award in November 2018 for the space vehicle’s development and fabrication.

Betz said the acquisition cost of the first space vehicle is estimated at $488 million, lower than GAO’s estimate of $515 million per vehicle. However, Betz added that the cost of the second space vehicle is not yet releasable.

Due to funding constraints in fiscal year 2018, the program’s schedule was stretched out an additional year, GAO reported. According to a Selected Acquisition Report for the WSF program released by the Defense Department last month, the program was until recently staring down a significant price increase and possible delay of two to three years for the second space vehicle due to budget cuts.

Requisite funding was restored in the FY-22 omnibus reprogramming, Betz said, averting a capability gap that would open in late-2028 as the first space vehicle neared the end of its service life. The program office is planning to award the contract for the second space vehicle at an unspecified date, Betz added.

By Michael Marrow
October 25, 2022 at 5:47 PM

Gen. John Raymond will step down as the first chief of space operations at Joint Base Andrews on Nov. 2, the Air Force announced today.

The event will feature a change of responsibility ceremony and Raymond’s retirement officiated by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, Air Force spokeswoman Rose Riley said in a statement.

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are also scheduled to give remarks.

Raymond will be succeeded by current Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman after senators voted by unanimous consent to approve his nomination and promotion to general on Sept. 29.

Saltzman recently served as deputy chief of space operations for operations, cyber and nuclear. President Biden has nominated Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt to serve as the new deputy space chief following Saltzman’s promotion.

By Nick Wilson
October 25, 2022 at 4:16 PM

The Navy's first-in-class aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and Carrier Strike Group 12 concluded a three-week exercise alongside NATO allies, according to a Monday service announcement.

The carrier strike group collaborated with Canadian, German and Spanish vessels to complete exercises that included “dynamic maneuvers, simulated strait transits, flight operations, weapon systems testing, communication drills, and cyber response,” the release states. The exercise, known as Task Force Exercise 23-2, ran from Oct. 5 to 23.

Ford left Naval Station Norfolk, VA on Oct. 4 to begin its first official deployment. The Navy announced that this initial “service retained deployment” would focus on testing Ford’s capabilities and exercising with partners and allies in the Atlantic.

Ford is expected to embark on a global force management deployment in 2023.

In addition to CVN-78, the Ford CSG includes Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser Normandy (CG-60), according to the Navy release.

Two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the Bulkeley (DDG-84) and the James E. Williams (DDG-95), also participated in the exercise in preparation for upcoming independent-duty deployments.

“All entities within Carrier Strike Group 12 benefited tremendously from this CSG 4-led exercise,” CSG 12 commander Rear Adm. Greg Huffman said in a statement accompanying the release. “As the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group continues on its first deployment, the relationships built and capabilities refined with our NATO partners will continue to enhance our flexibility while operating forward.”

Although Ford’s deployment faced delays due to reliability issues with the carrier’s weapons elevators and electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) and arresting gear, Navy officials have expressed confidence that these systems are now ready for operational testing and use during the deployment.

Speaking at an Oct. 20 event, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro applauded Ford’s capabilities, saying “despite all the challenges that the Ford had getting underway, it is indeed the most powerful aircraft carrier in the world today.”

The carrier is the first of at least four Ford-class vessels the Navy will procure, with delivery of a second carrier, the John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), expected in 2024.

By John Liang
October 25, 2022 at 1:55 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Small Business Innovation Research program, Chinese spying on the U.S. defense industry and more.

The Army is creating a "catalyst program" for the Small Business Innovation Research program, which would be a pilot program under the Army secretary’s direction:

With more award money and faster timelines, Army looks to make contract process easier for small businesses

By awarding more money to small businesses and speeding up the timeframe in which they are awarded contracts, the Army hopes to remove barriers to the private sector in the acquisition process.

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro spoke this morning at the AFCEA NOVA Naval IT Day 2022:

Del Toro sounds alarm to defense industry on Chinese spying

Following recent Justice Department charges against alleged Chinese spies, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro today cautioned the U.S. defense industry to be "very protective" of company data and to perform due diligence to thwart adversaries trying to steal sensitive technological information.

The chief of naval operations and Navy secretary both cited the continuing resolution as a significant impediment to fleet readiness at separate events last week and warned that extending the CR could jeopardize the Navy’s fighting capability in a conflict with China:

Navy may not be ready for China if CR persists, service leaders say

The continuing resolution is hamstringing the Navy's efforts to deter China and prepare for a potential conflict with the pacing threat, according to senior service officials.

Made possible by the infusion of advanced software from Red Hat onto Lockheed Martin's Stalker unmanned aerial system, a recent demonstration near Fort Worth, TX is the first of a series that will ultimately showcase a host of capabilities needed by the Defense Department to achieve joint all-domain operations:

Lockheed demos potential for improved AI sensing in military operations

A recent Lockheed Martin demonstration that included the orchestration of software at the edge in real time and the deployment of an in-flight update could give Pentagon officials a peek at how the integration of cutting-edge commercial technologies on military platforms are able to bolster intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

On Oct. 20, the Army, on behalf of the Defense Department, issued a request for information that could set the stage for the U.S. government to set up a new solid-rocket motor production line:

DOD plans to scale hypersonic production at risk with current solid-rocket motor industry

The current domestic solid-rocket motor industrial base manufacturing capacity is insufficient to support U.S. military plans to field long-range hypersonic strike weapons in the middle of this decade, prompting the Pentagon to launch a new market research effort into the possibility of establishing an additional source.

By Briana Reilly
October 25, 2022 at 11:32 AM

A key NATO official wants to see European allies draw from "a much better, greater common industrial base" to develop needed military capabilities, as the world returns to a state of "global power competition" with China and Russia.

Lamenting the “major redundancies” across the European Union, German Air Force Gen. Chris Badia, the NATO deputy supreme allied commander transformation, called for “a more cooperative” path forward that focuses on equipment standardization, in addition to broader interoperability.

“The lack of joint procurement [in] Europe has resulted in a fragmented defense landscape,” Badia told an audience at the Association of Old Crows symposium in Washington, DC today.

While he emphasized that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shown existing Western capabilities and technology have maintained an edge, he underscored the difference in focus between competitors like China and Russia compared with NATO over the last two decades that has led to the present-day dynamic.

While Badia said both Russia and China spent that interim investing in emerging areas that allowed them to close the gap technology-wise in unmanned aerial vehicle and hypersonic development, NATO leaned in “for too long” on terrorism and nation-building, while failing to target “game-changing technologies, edge technology.”

“F-35, great machine, no doubt about it,” he said. “We buy it in Germany as well. But it’s sixth-gen. It’s nothing that’s really groundbreaking; it’s just the next step.”

Underlying the current landscape is a declining rate of common procurement across European allies. In 2020, Badia said the European Defense Agency found EU countries conducted 11% of their total equipment purchases in collaboration with other member states, compared with 25% in 2011.

At the same time, he noted European armed forces host 29 different types of destroyers, 17 varieties of battle tanks and 20 kinds of fighter aircraft, compared with the four destroyers, a single battle tank and six fighter jets within the U.S.

“How do we take it forward in order to become better?” Badia said of boosting common procurement. “Because at the end of the day, it’s the warfighter who suffers if he does not get what he needs.”

In comparing the defense markets of the U.S. with that of European nations, he noted the former has seen consolidation, while in the latter, “the home industry is important to them, no doubt about it.”

“The European Commission and European Union, they have to set much more incentives and set better rules in order to really realign and streamline,” he said.

By Tony Bertuca
October 25, 2022 at 10:41 AM

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter died Monday evening in Boston, according to a statement from his family. He was 68.

Carter, who died of a “sudden cardiac event,” served as defense secretary during the Obama administration from February 2015 to January 2017. He later served as director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Prior to serving as defense secretary, Carter held multiple senior positions at the Pentagon including deputy secretary and under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. He was instrumental in the creation of the Strategic Capabilities Office and the Defense Innovation Unit. Carter also oversaw the rapid procurement and fielding tens of thousands of mine resistant ambush protected vehicles during the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The MRAPs are credited with saving the lives of thousands of troops whose vehicles were struck by improvised explosives devices. A small model MRAP is depicted next to Carter in his official portrait at the Pentagon.

“As secretary, he launched the successful campaign to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, opened all combat positions to women, and forged new connections between the Department of Defense and the nation’s technology community,” according to his family’s statement. “While he was known for his keen understanding of military technology, nuclear weapons, and international affairs, Secretary Carter loved nothing more than spending time with the troops, making frequent trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit U.S forces with his wife Stephanie."

By Briana Reilly
October 24, 2022 at 5:12 PM

The Pentagon has launched a new project focused on fielding microelectronics modernization prototypes that recently reached production under a years-old initiative.

The new pilot, called the Stimulating Transition for Advanced Microelectronics Packaging project, or STAMP, seeks to accelerate the next phase of the existing State-of-the-art Heterogeneous Integrated Packaging endeavor. Under the latter effort, known as SHIP, Intel and Qorvo won awards in 2020 to develop next-generation multichip packages intended to advance DOD microelectronics systems.

Through STAMP, officials want to find “a strong and swift transition path that enables DOD to access these technical specs as quickly as possible to secure our military devices,” according to an Oct. 21 NSTXL press release announcing the pilot. The effort will give the defense industrial base the ability to identify where those MCPs developed through SHIP should be integrated, begin analysis and test ahead of the planned transition, the release notes.

STAMP’s start comes as those MCPs “have just hit prototype production,” Doug Crowe, the other transaction authority director of the Strategic and Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems, told Inside Defense.

Specifically, the release notes that Intel’s MCP1 is currently in prototype production, while MCP2 is slated to begin the process “in the near-term.” Delivery of those packages is expected in 2023.

Intel will be executing STAMP in light of officials’ completion of a contract modification dating back to the end of September, Crowe said. Officials are currently developing resources ahead of an industry day planned for early 2023.

Crowe declined to say how much money is behind the pilot, which he said lasts until July 2024.

SHIP falls under the office of the under secretary of defense for research and engineering’s Trusted and Assured Microelectronics program.

By John Liang
October 24, 2022 at 1:45 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a next-generation cruise missile, the Pentagon's upcoming zero-trust strategy and more.

Lockheed Martin will develop a new, next-generation cruise missile:

Air Force set to launch development of new JASSM variant, added capabilities not disclosed

The Air Force wants to develop a new variant of its next-generation cruise missile that will add new capabilities to its ability to strike enemy targets beyond the reach of adversary air defenses, announcing plans to award prime contractor Lockheed Martin a contract for a new version of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile.

Microsoft Federal Security Chief Technology Officer Steve Faehl recently spoke with our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Microsoft sees opportunities for increased coordination across DOD on zero trust

The Pentagon's upcoming zero-trust strategy will look at implementation across the Defense Department's "enterprise," according to Microsoft Federal Security Chief Technology Officer Steve Faehl, which he says differs from the approach on the civilian side of government and allows for increased coordination among the military services.

The Air Force Materiel Command Air Force Life Cycle Management Center recently announced it has a requirement to buy three AN/TPS-77 Multi-Role Radars for Lithuania:

DOD looking to bolster Baltic air and missile defense with new radars for Lithuania

The Defense Department is looking to help Lithuania buy long-range air surveillance radars as part of an effort to develop an integrated air and missile defense network for Baltic nations, announcing plans to buy three Lockheed Martin-built, road-mobile sensors days after 14 NATO defense ministers announced plans for a “European Sky Shield Initiative.”

Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin were each awarded about $7 million in other transaction agreements in 2020 to develop Survivability Against Integrated and Network Threats systems for the Army:

Northrop says its software will help Army ease the cognitive load on helicopter pilots

Northrop Grumman says it is developing a software package that would help air crews on the Army's Future Vertical Lift aircraft more effectively harness the growing array of sensor data that will feed into the aircraft.

Called "Destination: Space 2050," a new Lockheed Martin exhibit features futuristic concepts for missions like space defense and included a presentation of a self-adapting autonomous system and field-tested quantum capabilities:

Lockheed Martin outlines 2050 space vision

In a warehouse in Washington, DC, Lockheed Martin today unveiled two new technologies and outlined a vision for a bustling space community by the middle of the century.

By Tony Bertuca
October 24, 2022 at 1:20 PM

Metrea, formerly known as Meta Aerospace, has developed and released a new publicly available tool that provides current and historical U.S. defense budget data that could aid researchers.

Metrea’s Defense Budget Dashboard was developed by Todd Harrison, managing director of Metrea Strategic Insights and previously an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The project, he told Inside Defense, “sprang from some work I was doing to make searching through current and historical budget data easier for me.”

The dashboard, unlike similar tools, is publicly available and does not require a fee.

“My thought was why not make this more broadly available so it can benefit from the feedback and ideas of others?” Harrison said. “The data is all from publicly available budget documents that we ingested into a relational database. Others have done this as well, but I think what is different here is that MSI is making this available for free to other researchers.”

Harrison said the tool is helpful for those who might want to “navigate defense budget data and show it graphically,” especially concerning specific line items and program elements over a period of years.

“You can look at it by service,” he said. “You can look at it by title of the budget. You can even drill down to specific [research, development, test and evaluation] program elements and procurement line items. You can see what was requested and what was ultimately enacted for each year going back for 20 years.”

By Tony Bertuca
October 24, 2022 at 5:00 AM

Senior defense officials are scheduled to speak around Washington this week at various think tank and military association events.

Tuesday

The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts its fall Project on Nuclear Issues conference.

The Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies hosts its first annual Spacepower Security Forum.

The Association of Old Crows hosts its International Symposium and Convention.

AFCEA's Northern Virginia chapter holds its Naval IT Day 2022.

The Wilson Center hosts an online event on "Unpacking the 2022 U.S. National Strategy for the Arctic Region."

Thursday

The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts a discussion on cybersecurity.

The Center for a New American Security hosts a discussion with Under Secretary of Commerce Alan Estevez about China and export control policy.

By Michael Marrow
October 21, 2022 at 2:12 PM

The Space Rapid Capabilities Office is eschewing technology maturation in favor of well-developed systems for its classified projects, a top official said.

Speaking during the Space Industry Days conference hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, SpRCO Senior Materiel Leader Col. Bryon McClain said the office was interested only in fully fledged systems that are ready to deploy.

“We’re not doing tech maturation,” McClain said, since it’s “not something we have a lot of time for.”

For vendors with compelling offers that require greater maturation, McClain suggested that they first partner with an organization like the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a capability that could be picked up by SpRCO at a later date.

“When tech maturation is done, we're ready to move forward on a program,” he said.

One of three acquisition arms for the Space Force along with Space Systems Command and the Space Development Agency, SpRCO, SDA Director Derek Tournear explained during a roundtable with reporters at the Air and Space Force Association Air, Space and Cyber conference last month, is narrowly focused on procuring “highly classified” prototypes and systems.

The nature of SpRCO’s work can pose challenges for non-traditional vendors, who may lack proper clearance or classified architecture to meet the office’s needs, McClain noted.

Unlike contracts posted publicly to resources like sam.gov, SpRCO relies solely on classified mechanisms to disseminate resources to vendors, such as requests for information. For those without access to classified channels, McClain said SpRCO is partnering with the Space Force’s Spacewerx innovation laboratory to hold virtual, unclassified events for interested companies and can also offer no-cost contracting options.

McClain stated SpRCO is keenly interested in automation so that capabilities can be deployed more quickly, a provision that will likely feature in new contracts.

“We need to have automation capabilities that can allow us to have fewer individuals doing more tasks. And that's one of the biggest lessons that my team has learned so far,” he said, adding that “we're looking at updating that in a lot of our future contracts.”

By John Liang
October 21, 2022 at 1:39 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on military radar aid to Lithuania, a Northrop Grumman software package aimed at helping military helicopter pilots, a Lockheed Martin exhibit on future space concepts and more.

On Oct. 19, the Air Force Materiel Command Air Force Life Cycle Management Center announced it has a requirement to buy three AN/TPS-77 Multi-Role Radars for Lithuania:

DOD looking to bolster Baltic air and missile defense with new radars for Lithuania

The Defense Department is looking to help Lithuania buy long-range air surveillance radars as part of an effort to develop an integrated air and missile defense network for Baltic nations, announcing plans to buy three Lockheed Martin-built, road-mobile sensors days after 14 NATO defense ministers announced plans for a “European Sky Shield Initiative.”

Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin were each awarded about $7 million in other transaction agreements in 2020 to develop Survivability Against Integrated and Network Threats systems for the Army:

Northrop says its software will help Army ease the cognitive load on helicopter pilots

Northrop Grumman says it is developing a software package that would help air crews on the Army's Future Vertical Lift aircraft more effectively harness the growing array of sensor data that will feed into the aircraft.

Called "Destination: Space 2050," a new Lockheed Martin exhibit features futuristic concepts for missions like space defense and included a presentation of a self-adapting autonomous system and field-tested quantum capabilities:

Lockheed Martin outlines 2050 space vision

In a warehouse in Washington, DC, Lockheed Martin today unveiled two new technologies and outlined a vision for a bustling space community by the middle of the century.

The Defense Department's Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation has released its fiscal year 2021 Defense Spending by State report "to help states and communities better understand the components of defense spending on procurement and personnel":

Vaccine producers break into DOD's list of top 10 contractors

Two manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccine accounted for a significant increase in the Pentagon's state-by-state spending in fiscal year 2021, driven by large contracts related to vaccine and treatment purchases, according to new data from the Defense Department.

Document: DOD's FY-21 defense spending by state report

A recent global defensive cyberspace operation, conducted by U.S. Cyber Command in tandem with half a dozen combatant commands, the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard and others, spanned Oct. 3-14 and focused on internal Defense Department networks:

CYBERCOM targets malware in latest global defensive operation

U.S. Cyber Command has completed a global defensive cyberspace operation that sought to boost partner interoperability while targeting malware, officials announced this week.

By Audrey Decker
October 20, 2022 at 5:30 PM

The Navy is sharing its secretive Project Overmatch effort with allies and partners, according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday.

Without listing specific countries, the admiral said at an Atlantic Council event on Wednesday that the Navy is working with allies that “we see a higher likelihood of interoperability [with] in the near term.”

Project Overmatch, the Navy’s contribution to the Pentagon’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control effort, is a software-defined network of networks, aiming to connect every sensor, weapon and platform in a naval operational architecture.

“We have to be inclusive or we're not going to be able to fight together and we're moving forward I think at a good pace with our allies and partners in that effort,” Gilday said. “We're not holding back.”

Project Overmatch will deliver the “core of the joint tactical grid” and allow the service to make decisions faster than its adversaries, according to the admiral.

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks received an update on Project Overmatch in San Diego, CA this week after attending Project Convergence 2022 at Camp Pendleton, CA.

Hicks said the Defense Department is making progress towards JADC2 and that “Project Overmatch will play a key role in maintaining decision advantage over our adversaries, connecting platforms, weapons and sensors together across all warfighting domains for a more lethal joint force,” according to a press release.

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said on Thursday that he is “deeply dedicated” to Project Overmatch’s success.

“It's going to be transformational in the way that our weapon systems communicate together as a joint force and the amount of talent, energy, money that we're putting into it is respectable,” Del Toro said at the Professional Services Council’s Defense Conference.

Research and development funding for Project Overmatch increased from $73 million in fiscal year 2022 to $195 million in FY-23.

So far, Navy officials have remained very quiet on the initiative due to classification.

“I'm not going to tell the Chinese what we're up to . . . I'm just very excited that we have that capability and we're going to be employing it throughout the fleet sooner than later,” Del Toro said.