The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 15, 2021

By Thomas Duffy / November 15, 2021 at 1:41 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a new Defense Science Board task force, a recent Army artillery test, and more news from the Army’s Project Convergence 21 event.

The DSB is going to be looking into new Pentagon research projects:

New task force would advise Pentagon CTO on emerging research developments

The Pentagon’s chief technology officer is establishing a new Defense Science Board Task Force to provide a “quick study” report on emerging hardware and materials and advise on research developments, according to a new Defense Department memo.

The Army tested new cannon artillery projectiles last week:

Army tests two different ERCAs at Project Convergence

YUMA PROVING GROUND, AZ -- The Army used two different prototypes of the Extended Range Cannon Artillery at Project Convergence 21, one from the set that will be used for rapid fielding and one with a government-designed autoloader, service officials said Nov. 9.

Production of the PAC-3 missile is ramping up:

Lockheed Martin doubling PAC-3 MSE production capacity in 2022 to meet demand

Lockheed Martin is readying to ramp up production of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement interceptors in 2022 with a new manufacturing line that -- when paired with beefed up supplier agreements -- will double the annual output of the new guided missiles.

And finally, the Army tested a new technology to give soldiers a better view of the battlefield:

Army tests IVAS for air assault at Project Convergence

YUMA PROVING GROUND, AZ -- An air assault portion of the Project Convergence 21 experiment showed that the Integrated Visual Augmentation System could provide soldiers with a better picture of the battlefield, if they have stable access to a high-bandwidth network, a service official told reporters Nov. 9.