The INSIDER daily digest -- Dec. 17, 2021

By John Liang / December 17, 2021 at 2:09 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on naval unmanned systems and more.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division recently held an industry day:

Unmanned programs coming to 'a lot' of Navy warfare centers

Navy warfare centers are seeing a growing emphasis on unmanned systems, including the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division.

More Navy unmanned systems news:

Boeing using digital model to move from MQ-25 test asset to Navy aircraft

ST. LOUIS -- Boeing is using digital models to bridge the gap between its MQ-25 Stingray T1 prototype and the aircraft the company will build for the Navy.

And more news from Boeing's facility in St. Louis:

Boeing ramping up Navy's Super Hornet Block III conversion

ST. LOUIS -- Boeing is going to convert the Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to the most advanced version of the fighter jet -- at a fast pace.

The fiscal year 2022 defense policy bill includes a provision that calls for existing missile defense technologies be adopted to expedite fielding on Guam with "an objective of achieving initial operating capability in 2025":

Defense policy bill would set new marker in debate over improved Guam missile defense: IOC in 2025

Lawmakers have set a 2025 target for fielding an improved air- and missile defense capability on Guam to give the island 360-degree protection against advanced Chinese threats, a statutory provision -- once the fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill is signed by the president -- that would set a new marker in the debate over whether, what and when to deploy on the Western Pacific U.S. territory.

Inside Defense recently interviewed the head of a consortium formed in April consisting of U.S.-based companies that advocate for legislation to bolster domestic production of printed circuit boards:

Industry group calls for holistic approach to microelectronics 'ecosystem'

An industry group formed earlier this year is calling for a holistic approach to the microelectronics "ecosystem" that includes increasing federal investment in the printed circuit board industry to build a resilient supply chain and domestic manufacturing base.

We also chatted with Anne Cheever, program manager for DARPA's Biomanufacturing: Survival, Utility and Reliability beyond Earth (B-SURE) effort:

DARPA exploring in-space biomanufacturing under new B-SURE program

A new program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will consider the feasibility and economic viability for space-based biomanufacturing.