The INSIDER daily digest -- Jan. 18, 2022

By John Liang / January 18, 2022 at 1:33 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on Blue Origin's work on U.S. Transportation Command's space cargo effort, a recent Israeli missile defense intercept test and more.

Blue Origin is the latest company to ink a cooperative research and development agreement with U.S. Transportation Command surrounding its space cargo effort:

Blue Origin to examine both technical feasibility and economics of space cargo work

As Blue Origin explores point-to-point space cargo transport under a newly signed deal with U.S. Transportation Command, the company is setting its sights on both a technically viable and "economically feasible" solution while officials consider the capability's military potential.

Israel says it successfully completed an Arrow-3 missile defense intercept test:

Israel claims Arrow weapon test success, refuses to disclose salient details

Israel today conducted a major test of its national missile defense system, launching a pair of its most advanced guided-missile interceptors against a ballistic missile target in an event designed to assess the limits of the weapon system.

Inside Defense recently interviewed Larry Ryder, Austal’s vice president of business development and external affairs at the Surface Navy Association’s National Symposium:

Austal staffing up new San Diego maintenance facility as company grows services business

Austal is adding staff to its recently acquired San Diego maintenance facility as part of the company's increased focus on its services business, according to a top executive.

More from the SNA conference:

Navy to pilot AI/ML on a destroyer this year

The Navy will pilot a program to harness artificial intelligence and machine learning on the service's "biggest lever" -- the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, Capt. Scott Larson, program manager of surface ship readiness and sustainment, said Wednesday.

(Read our full coverage of the SNA conference.)

Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu spoke with reporters recently about the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve:

Shyu reveals new details about upcoming rapid prototyping fund

The Pentagon's technology chief today said she intends to request less than $1 billion for 32 projects in a new rapid prototyping and experimentation fund for fiscal year 2023, though she expects Congress will also appropriate some money for her to jump-start the effort when lawmakers ultimately pass an FY-22 budget.

News on the effect of the ongoing continuing resolution on the Marine Corps:

CR slowing Navy maintenance, hurting Marine Corps communication with industry

Congress' inability to reach a budget agreement is hurting the Marine Corps' communication with industry and slowing Navy maintenance, service officials said Thursday.