The INSIDER daily digest -- May 4, 2021

By John Liang / May 4, 2021 at 1:53 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a new Defense Against Hypersonic Weapons capability, a nascent open architecture for the Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle and more.

We start off with news on a new hypersonic defense capability for the Asia-Pacific region:

MDA outfits INDOPACOM with Defense Against Hypersonic Weapons in Pacific

The U.S. military has quietly developed and deployed a new operational capability in the Indo-Pacific region to detect and track hypersonic weapons, repurposing existing sensors and command and control systems to display tracks of ultra-fast maneuvering vehicles -- such as those being fielded in increasing numbers by China -- in a development that sheds new light on Pentagon efforts to improve missile warning and missile defense missions.

While the Army's Common Modular Open Architecture was announced as part of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program, the project has since expanded beyond that vehicle:

Army meets with industry about open systems

About 150 members of the National Advanced Mobility Consortium attended an April 28 industry day on the Army's Common Modular Open Architecture, the largest industry engagement to date for the program, a service official said May 3.

Textron has submitted a response to the Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle program's request for prototype proposals ahead of the effort's Monday deadline:

Textron submits ARV prototype informed by Marine Corps force design

Textron Systems has designed, constructed and tested an Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle prototype ahead of the competition for the program, the company announced Tuesday.

In supply chain news, an interim Commerce Department rule issued in the waning days of the Trump administration drew widespread condemnation from industry for being vague and overly broad and warning it could severely hamper business:

Industry groups want ICTS supply chain rule paused, call for voluntary licensing process

A range of industry groups are urging the Commerce Department to pause its implementation of a rule that allows it to block information and communications technology and services transactions involving entities from a so-called "foreign adversary" at least until the department implements a voluntary pre-clearance process.

The Pentagon will be getting back all the unused funds meant to pay for the Southern border wall:

DOD to receive unobligated funds Trump diverted to border wall

The Defense Department announced today that all border barrier projects have been canceled, meaning that unobligated military construction funds diverted by former President Trump to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will be sent back to the Pentagon.