The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 16, 2023

By Thomas Duffy / November 16, 2023 at 12:00 PM

We start this Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest with news about the Air Force operationally combining manned and unmanned aircraft, lots of news on the impact of a continuing resolution, a major contractor is putting its money into a new startup operation, and two studies coming out of the Defense Innovation Board.

The Air Force wants to test manned and unmanned aircraft operating together:

Experimental ops unit to assess CCA integration ahead of planned FY-28 production

The Air Force plans to establish an experimental operations unit next year to assess how Collaborative Combat Aircraft will work within fighter squadrons, the head of Air Force Futures said today.

The Navy sees bad things ahead if it keeps operating under a continuing resolution:

Key Navy acquisitions at risk under a long-term CR

The Navy is well-equipped to weather a continuing resolution running through the first quarter of fiscal year 2024 but the service will see significant disruptions to high-priority acquisition programs -- including key submarines, surface ships and munitions -- if the CR stretches to a full year.

Lockheed Martin is putting some money into a new, innovative start-up:

Lockheed invests in startup that envisions micro factories, mass customization, robotics

Lockheed Martin today announced an undisclosed investment in -- a start-up that aims to collapse the traditional prototype and testing cycle by using a set of artificial intelligence driven technologies to convert an idea directly to final physical product, upending the manufacturing paradigm.

A pentagon technology board recently discussed publicly two new studies:

Defense Innovation Board discusses ‘lowering barriers’ and building data economy

The Defense Innovation Board hosted its fall public meeting today, reporting progress on two ongoing studies focused on lowering barriers to Defense Department innovation and building the DOD data economy, while also highlighting topics for future studies.

The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer recently talked about working under a continuing resolution:

LaPlante: ‘People get laid off because of continuing resolutions’

Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante said today that he meets with other defense officials every day at 1 p.m. to discuss a potential government shutdown and the impact of stopgap funding on U.S. weapons production.