The INSIDER daily digest -- Oct. 7, 2021

By John Liang / October 7, 2021 at 1:43 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Space Force, the Pentagon's latest Climate Adaptation Plan and more.

House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee Chairman Jim Cooper (D-TN) spoke this morning about the Space Force:

Rep. Cooper: Space Force needs to focus on fielding new system faster

House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee Chairman Jim Cooper (D-TN) said today he’s worried the Space Force isn't "putting fear in the bones" of near-peer adversaries, saying the new service needs to move faster to field more advanced capabilities.

The Defense Department's new Climate Adaptation Plan will drive DOD to “assess and adjust requirements and acquisition” of weapon systems and services:

DOD's new Climate Adaptation Plan could impact budget and acquisition process

The Pentagon has released a new Climate Adaption Plan poised to have significant impacts on budget and acquisition decisions.

Industry sources say Raytheon plans to formally announce a change to the name of its Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor next week during the Association of the United States Army’s annual convention:

Introducing GhostEye, the radar formerly known as LTAMDS

Raytheon Technologies is rebranding its LTAMDS radar GhostEye, shedding the U.S. government’s acronym for Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor for a moniker that suggests an invisible power with the capability to see -- petitioning the Commerce Department to trademark the name for the next-generation Patriot radar, a sensor with significant foreign sales potential.

Pratt & Whitney hosted a media visit to its F135 engine facility in Middletown, CT this week:

Pratt & Whitney fielding fix to F-35 engine turbine blade coating; aims to complete by 2030

MIDDLETOWN, CT -- Pratt & Whitney has fielded a new F135 engine turbine blade coating to about 25% of the Joint Strike Fighter fleet and expects to complete the retrofit modifications by 2030.

The Air Force is moving away from a direct follow-on to the MQ-9 Reaper, which had been termed “MQ-Next”:

Industry sees Air Force weighing future threats as it considers potential MQ-9 follow-ons

Following two requests for information tied to a potential replacement for the MQ-9 Reaper, some in the defense industry say the Air Force is training an eye on future threats and prioritizing survivability as officials continue to weigh their options.

An Air Force directorate has established a new innovation cell, dubbed “The Edge,” to identify innovative, rapid solutions to capability needs within the fielded bomber fleet, which includes the B-2, B-1 and B-52:

New bomber innovation cell aims to fly Agile Pod comm/nav capabilities on a B-52 next year

A new innovation cell within the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Bombers Directorate aims to fly its prototype of an Agile Pod for the B-52 for the first time early next year.