The INSIDER daily digest -- Jan. 13, 2022

By John Liang / January 13, 2022 at 2:07 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news from the Surface Navy Association symposium, continuing resolutions and more.

Let's start off with the latest from the SNA conference:

Navy: SSC program to reach four deliveries per year

The Navy expects to deliver four Ship-to-Shore Connector amphibious craft per year, Capt. Scot Searles, SSC program manager, said on Wednesday.

Navy's amphib force structure study to be completed by end of March

The Navy will complete its force structure assessment on amphibious warships by the end of March, Capt. Cedric McNeal, amphibious warfare program manager, said on Wednesday.

DDG(X) program to focus on new hull design and integrated power system

The Navy is prioritizing a new hull and integrated power system for its next-generation destroyer program, according to Katie Connelly, DDG(X) deputy program manager.

Navy 'targeting' April construction start for lead frigate

The Navy is targeting an April start of construction for the first Constellation-class frigate but won't begin construction before the design is fully ready, Capt. Kevin Smith, the frigate program manager, said Tuesday.

(Read our full coverage of the SNA conference.)

We also have coverage from this week's hearing on continuing resolutions:

DOD fears yearlong CR as pressure for budget deal increases

Senior Pentagon officials today outlined the unprecedented damage they say would be done if Congress uses a stopgap spending measure to fund the Defense Department for a full year, while Democrats and Republicans exchanged barbs over who is to blame for the current budget impasse.

Stuart Wagner said during an online GovConWire panel this week he was hopeful leaders could learn lessons about available data from a recent hackathon and ways to use it:

Air Force eyes hackathon to inform buying decisions

The Air Force's chief digital transformation officer is hopeful that a recent hackathon could begin informing defense officials on how to "buy better" by leveraging collected data to shape acquisition decisions.

The Tactical High-Power Operational Responder could fill the Army's need for a high-power microwave variant of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability:

Army general: THOR has been deployed in combat

The military has forward-deployed a high-powered microwave from the Air Force in the past year to defend fixed sites against drone swarms, according to an Army official.

In an April test, C-UAS will focus on high-powered microwave technology, directed-energy technology and electronic warfare to build on existing capabilities:

DOD to prioritize non-kinetic C-UAS options in 2022

The director of Joint Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems on Wednesday said the military this year will prioritize the development of non-kinetic technologies to combat the growing threat posed by unmanned aircraft.