The INSIDER daily digest -- Oct. 13, 2021

By John Liang / October 13, 2021 at 2:30 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on Air Force software and refueling aircraft as well as continuing coverage of the AUSA convention.

The Air Force's former top software official hopes the service will replace him soon:

Chaillan pushes for Air Force chief software successor, calling role 'critical' for U.S. future

More than a month after posting a pointed resignation message on his LinkedIn page slamming the Defense Department’s approach to IT modernization, the Air Force’s first chief software officer, Nicolas Chaillan, is hopeful the service will hire a successor for the role he described as "critical for the future of our nation."

In a request for information released this week, the Air Force "seeks to provide Air Mobility Command (AMC) with the technical, programmatic, research, data analytics expertise, and assessment to determine if a shortfall in U.S. Air Force day-to-day peacetime air refueling capability exists":

Air Force seeking aerial refueling gap analysis to inform broader COMAR study

The Air Force plans to commission a study to determine whether there is a gap in peacetime aerial refueling capacity that will set the foundation for a broader look at options for bridging such a shortfall.

Document: Commercial air refueling case study RFI, PWS

More coverage from AUSA's annual conference:

McConville touts Army prototypes and 'transformation' as service wrestles with new mission

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said yesterday the service is advancing a series of developmental technologies necessary to dominate land warfare in the 21st century, but he provided scant details on what missions and weapon systems the Army is prepared to leave behind as it shifts focus away from the Middle East and toward China.

Lockheed: Max-range PrSM shot could possibly exceed 499km requirement

Lockheed Martin is planning an Oct. 13 flight test of its new deep strike weapon over the Pacific Ocean by conducting a maximum-range assessment of the Precision Strike Munition, untethering the next-generation surface-to-surface missile to fly out as far as it can -- possibly further than the 499-kilometer objective, according to a senior company representative.

Contractors likely to host OMFV digital design

The Army is "leaning towards" having companies host the authoritative source of truth for the digital design of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, the Bradley fighting vehicle replacement, James Schirmer, the deputy program executive officer for ground combat systems, said Oct. 13 at the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington.

(Read our complete coverage of the AUSA convention.)