The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 24, 2021

By John Liang / November 24, 2021 at 2:29 PM

This pre-Thanksgiving INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Pentagon's hypersonic weapons programs, the Air Force's 5G implementation efforts and more.

Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, the Navy's director for strategic systems programs and point man for design of the U.S. military’s marquee hypersonic strike weapon, spoke at the recent Naval Submarine League’s annual symposium:

DOD sets plan to upgrade long-range hypersonic strike fleet every two years

The Defense Department is laying plans to upgrade its future fleet of long-range hypersonic glide vehicles as frequently as every two years, creating windows for new technology insertion as experimental capabilities prove ready for production in a bid to catch up -- and overtake -- China’s current dominance of the near-space domain.

Inside Defense recently spoke with Debra Stanislawski, director of 5G tranche prototyping and experimentation in the Pentagon's research and engineering office:

Hill AFB to mark first successful 5G network deployment with ceremony next week

Officials at Hill Air Force Base, UT, are poised to mark the first successful 5G network deployment at a service installation with a ribbon-cutting ceremony next week, a key milestone in the first phase of mid-band dynamic spectrum sharing work at the site.

Officials at Letterkenny Army Depot, an organic industrial base location, have looked at the service's 35 priority modernization programs to determine the capabilities the base will need in the future:

Army depot looks at Futures Command efforts to guide its own modernization

CHAMBERSBURG, PA -- The Army's 35 priority acquisition programs grab most of the attention about what the service's chief of staff calls a once-in-four-decades modernization push.

Some cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Senate defense policy bill heading to floor lacks key Cyber Solarium proposals passed by Homeland Security panel

Major Cyberspace Solarium Commission proposals were not included in the revised version of the fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill expected to be debated next week in the Senate, but a key Solarium leader says provisions on cyber incident reporting and others remain in play for ultimate inclusion in the legislation.

Inside Defense recently interviewed the head of Rheinmetall's U.S. subsidiary, covering tactical wheeled vehicles and more:

Rheinmetall 'looking forward' to Common Tactical Truck prototyping process, competition

Rheinmetall is participating with the Army in its acquisition process for the service's next-generation heavy tactical vehicles, according to Matthew Warnick, managing director at American Rheinmetall Vehicles.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The next INSIDER Daily Digest will be posted Nov. 29.