The INSIDER daily digest -- Dec. 21, 2021

By John Liang / December 21, 2021 at 1:48 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on STEM education, a Marine Corps medium-range air defense capability and more.

Inside Defense recently interviewed Will Marsh, president of the Printed Circuit Board Association of America, and discussed investing in science, technology, engineering and math education:

Industry eyes increased investment in STEM programs to strengthen domestic manufacturing base

Industry and congressional lawmakers say increasing investment in science, technology, engineering and math education and workforce development are key factors to strengthening a domestic manufacturing base and supply chain security.

A recent test of the Marine Corps' Medium Range Intercept Capability prototype was the first in a series of live-fire events scheduled for fiscal year 2022 that will be carried out against increasingly challenging cruise missile profiles:

Marine Corps announces successful Medium Range Intercept Capability test

The Marine Corps' Medium Range Intercept Capability prototype successfully engaged targets last week at White Sands Missile Range, the service announced Tuesday.

House and Senate lawmakers' latest defense policy bill includes language on improving military vehicle safety:

Ground vehicle training safety makes it into defense policy bill, data recorder pilot program dropped

The Army and Marine Corps will need to submit reports to Congress about measures they are taking to prevent accidents during ground vehicle training under a provision in the fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill.

The Air Force is recruiting universities to help with space domain awareness as well as mobility and logistics:

AFRL looking to strengthen university ties, boost tech transition through new space research initiative

The Air Force Research Laboratory on Friday announced the first two winners of a new Space University Research Initiative that aims to help transition new concepts developed in academia to technology that can be used by the Space Force.

In case you missed it, here's our deep dive into some of the major decisions facing the Pentagon in 2022:

Pentagon faces key decision points in coming year

The Pentagon is poised to make several significant decisions in 2022 that could impact its budget and acquisition programs for years to come, all while dealing with continued challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.