The INSIDER daily digest -- July 22, 2021

By John Liang / July 22, 2021 at 1:41 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a new congressional report on the defense supply chain, the Space Force seeking a deep-space radar capability and more.

The House Armed Services Committee's Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force released a report today outlining how the failure to address current supply chain vulnerabilities could weaken the U.S. government's response to a national crisis:

House lawmakers propose new legislation to protect defense supply chain

A group of House Armed Services Committee members have developed six legislative proposals for inclusion in the fiscal year 2022 defense policy bill to address critical risks in the U.S. defense supply chain stemming from foreign dependencies, especially China.

Document: Defense critical supply chain task force report

The Space Force earlier this month released a request for prototype proposals for the Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability:

Space Force seeks prototype bids for deep-space radar

The Space Force is soliciting prototype proposals for a new deep-space radar capability and aims to award a contract for the first radar site by the end of this year.

Steven Roberts, product lead for integration in the program executive office for combat support and combat service support, spoke at a recent conference hosted by Army Futures Command:

Humvee could be electrified, Army official says

The Army could electrify humvees when it introduces electric powertrains to its light tactical vehicle fleet, a service official said July 21.

In case you missed it, check out Inside Defense's interview with Mark Lewis, formerly the acting deputy under secretary of defense for research and engineering, who now runs the new Emerging Technologies Institute at the National Defense Industrial Association:

Former modernization official says DOD 'optimized for fairness,' not speed

The Defense Department needs to overhaul its acquisition system if it wants to outpace China in cutting-edge weapons development, according to a former Pentagon modernization official.

The Missile Defense Agency recently piggybacked on a long-planned Army developmental test to assess the Joint Track Management Capability, a new technology that is central to MDA's plan for a Guam Defense System:

MDA demonstrates new 'bridge' technology central to potential new Guam defense system

In what a senior military official called a "huge step toward joint interoperability," the Missile Defense Agency last week successfully demonstrated a new technology that could be key to a future 360-degree Guam missile defense capability, "bridging" Army and Navy air and missile defense systems along with Air Force fighter aircraft sensors to collaborate in defeating a cruise-missile target.