This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Biden administration's proposed fiscal year 2022 defense budget, plus the Air Force's new acquisition strategy for the Stand-in Attack Weapon program and more.
Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle aren't happy with President Biden's proposed defense budget:
President Biden's first defense budget is being criticized by congressional Republicans, who say it is too small, and liberal lawmakers, who say it is too big.
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President Biden is proposing a $715 billion Pentagon budget for fiscal year 2022, with plans to cut unspecified legacy weapon systems and eliminate a controversial warfighting account intended for overseas military operations, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Document: OMB's FY-22 discretionary budget request
The Air Force has a new acquisition strategy for the Stand-in Attack Weapon program:
The Air Force has changed its acquisition strategy for the Stand-in Attack Weapon -- a new strike capability for the F-35 -- and is no longer solely pursuing an upgrade to the extended-range variant of the Navy and Northrop Grumman's Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile.
The Space Force recently announced the organizational design for Space Systems Command it has been developing over the last year and officials say is on track for establishment this summer:
Space Force officials said last week the service is making progress on two efforts of significant congressional interest -- designing an acquisition system that delivers capabilities faster and determining which space capabilities will transfer to the new service from the Army and Navy.
Rear Adm. Paul Schlise, surface warfare director in the office of the chief of naval operations (N96), is spearheading a Distributed Offensive Surface Fires Analysis of Alternatives study that began in late January:
Navy considering alternatives to LUSV, packing amphibs, commercial designs more with long-range missiles
The Navy, which last fall proposed a $3.6 billion, five-year plan to launch a fleet of Large Unmanned Surface Vehicles packed with long-range missiles, is now conducting an analysis to determine if an LUSV is the most appropriate platform to add offensive punch to the surface fleet -- an assessment mandated by Congress and which the service aims to complete by October.
Inside Defense recently interviewed Gaylia Campbell, vice president of precision fires at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control:
An extended-range version of the Army's Guided Multiple Rocket Launch System flew more than 135 kilometers in a March 25 test, Lockheed Martin announced.