The INSIDER daily digest -- Aug. 2, 2021

By John Liang / August 2, 2021 at 3:14 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on this week's Sea-Air-Space expo plus missile defense radars and more.

We start off with coverage of this week's Sea-Air-Space expo:

Gilday: Industry needs to adapt faster to new technology to counter China

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday called on industry to adjust to new technology faster to counter China during remarks Monday at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space conference.

CNO: Navy not satisfied with Project Overmatch, but it's headed in 'right direction'

The Navy's Project Overmatch still has a ways to go before strike group testing, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said Monday at the Sea-Air-Space 2021 conference.

(Check out our coverage throughout the week of Sea-Air-Space here, or sign up for our email alert here.)

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, in its mark of the fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill, directed the Missile Defense Agency to draw up alternative plans for upgrading the current fleet of the X-band radars built by Raytheon:

Lawmakers want MDA plan to accelerate AN/TPY-2 modernization

Lawmakers want the Pentagon to draft plans to potentially accelerate upgrades of the Army/Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN/TPY-2) inventory by piggybacking on Saudi Arabia's huge order for missile defense systems, including Terminal High Altitude Area Defense batteries.

We also have a look at the budget for the Joint Strike Fighter program:

Air Force budget reflects slight update to F-35A retrofit plan

The Air Force's fiscal year 2022 budget request reflects a re-baselined F-35A retrofit strategy, showing the service expects to eventually upgrade a total of 483 jets in low-rate initial production lots 5-16 to either a Block 4 configuration or a partial retrofit to include Technology Refresh 3 -- up from 457 aircraft in last year's request.

Air Force Chief Architect Preston Dunlap spoke recently on the service's "data and AI initiative":

Air Force launches new 'data and AI initiative' to support broader DOD push

The Air Force has kick-started a new data and artificial intelligence initiative and is working to develop a new minimum viable product as officials look to support a department-wide AI effort, according to the service's chief architect.