The INSIDER daily digest -- Dec. 10, 2021

By John Liang / December 10, 2021 at 2:20 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Army's network modernization effort, the Naval Aviation Fleet Infrastructure Optimization Plan and more.

Four capability sets are intended to gradually modernize the Army’s network capabilities:

Army's network modernization moves forward with pilot program

The Army will conduct a pilot of new technological capabilities for its armor brigade units early next year, as the service continues to move forward with its network modernization efforts, according to a service spokesman.

Operating under continuing resolutions isn't helping to advance Army modernization priorities:

Budget delay slows upgrades to AMPV industrial base, other Army modernization priorities at risk

Production line upgrades in support of one of the Army's priority modernization programs have already been delayed by the lack of a fiscal year 2022 defense appropriations bill, and more delays will come if continuing resolutions extend far into the second quarter, according to the Army.

News on the Naval Aviation Fleet Infrastructure Optimization Plan:

Beginning results of FIOP look promising for Navy aviation depots

The Navy's new Fleet Infrastructure Optimization Plan to modernize aviation depots has started to reach the service's bases.

The Air Force's top civilian spoke this week during an online Defense One forum:

Kendall: USAF's plans for combat drones demonstrate commitment to leveraging UAV technology

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall says in-the-works efforts to develop a program pairing combat drones and B-21 bombers showcase officials' commitment to leveraging unmanned aerial vehicles and partially serve as an answer to past criticism the service has received "for not moving fast enough and for not being innovative enough."

More coverage from this past weekend's Reagan National Defense Forum in California:

Senior DOD official: Additional Patriot force structure may be needed to meet demand

SIMI VALLEY, CA -- Pentagon leaders are concerned about the health of the Army's Patriot force, particularly the stress that high operational tempo and limited deployment predictability is having on readiness, driving soldiers to leave units that provide the cornerstone of air and missile defense for deployed forces and allies.

(Read our full coverage.)

Requirements for the Army's new water tank include a 500-gallon threshold and a 600-gallon objective:

Army selects four companies to prototype new water trailer

Oshkosh Defense, Navistar Defense, Isometrics and Schutt Industries have been selected to build prototypes of a new water tank and trailer that the Army will use to support company-sized units.