The INSIDER daily digest -- May 19, 2022

By John Liang / May 19, 2022 at 2:07 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a potential new delay to the Air Force One replacement effort, the Army canceling its 1,000-mile cannon program and more.

The Air Force's presidential aircraft replacement program faces a new delay:

Hunter: New Air Force One could now be delayed another year

The Air Force One replacement could now be delayed up to 36 months, potentially adding another year to the embattled program's timeline, the Air Force acquisition chief said Thursday.

Army officials were concerned about the cost of developing a 1,000-mile cannon at the same time the service develops missiles that can reach the same ranges:

Army nixes 1,000-mile cannon program

The Army has ended its effort to develop a cannon that can fire 1,000 miles, which had been one of its 35 priority modernization programs, according to service acquisition executive Doug Bush.

Initially, the Navy said it would mitigate the strike fighter shortfall by 2025. However, that timeline has been pushed out to 2031, according to the service's top uniformed official:

Navy wants to shorten service life extension timeline for strike fighters

The Navy hopes to drive down service life extension work for existing strike fighters from 18 months to 12 months by 2024 to reduce risk during the service's strike fighter shortfall, according to the chief of naval operations.

The Navy's fiscal year 2023 budget request pushes the LHA-10 amphibious assault ship out to 2031, which is about a nine- or 10-year gap in production from LHA-9:

Stefany: Gap in LHA production poses cost increase and industrial base impact

The gap in production between the LHA-9 and LHA-10 amphibious assault ships will result in a cost increase for the Navy and impact the industrial base, according to a service leader.

The Army has existing capabilities in place to stave off diseases, but its "medicine chest" needs improvement, according to John Dye, a top virologist at the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases:

Official recommends changes to Army's infectious disease practices

The Army can play a leading role in staving off the next pandemic, but it will need to upgrade its practices to do so, a service infectious disease official said Tuesday.