This Thursday INSIDER begins with a look at a new technology development effort tied to multi-domain operations, a Navy laser program, a new federal group tasked with protecting the government's supply chain, a missile defense laser program, and we finish up with F-35 news.
The Pentagon's advanced technology group is making news:
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is moving forward with the “Assault Breaker II” program to provide the “technical underpinning” for multi-domain operations and counter anti-access, area-denial strategies employed by Russia and China.
A Navy laser effort has a big review coming up:
A high-energy laser destined for an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is set to undergo a critical design review later this year, and is on track to be delivered to the Navy in May 2021, according to the weapon's prime contractor.
A new government group is trying to protect the supply chain:
The Federal Acquisition Security Council held its first meeting this week to begin developing a national strategy for securing the government's supply chain from cyber and other threats, with the Defense Department's strict cybersecurity rules likely to serve as a model.
The Missile Defense Agency is working with lasers:
The Missile Defense Agency is hailing a “very successful” March ground test of laser technology that a senior official said penetrated a threat-representative ballistic missile component, buoying support within the agency for a new speed-of-light weapon and hopes for a future capability to destroy an enemy target immediately after launch.
Finally, Lockheed is pitching improvements to the F-35 Strike Fighter:
Lockheed Martin today revealed an independent research and development effort to increase the ammunition capacity of the Air Force and Navy variants of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.