The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 27, 2021

By John Liang / September 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a DARPA data translation tool being transferred to the Air Force, an MQ-9 Reaper exercise in Hawaii and more.

We start off with news from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency:

DARPA: STITCHES' transition to Air Force 'a model' for other potential JADC2 efforts

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency has fully transitioned its data translation tool to the Air Force, a process that one official said will "serve as a model" for moving other efforts that could be leveraged to enable joint all-domain command and control to the service and elsewhere. 

The Air Force is conducting a Reaper exercise in Hawaii:

Three MQ-9 Reapers head to Hawaii for maritime-focused exercise

Three MQ-9 Reapers are participating in a weeks-long exercise in Hawaii that allows the drones to showcase their maritime tactics, techniques and procedures, ahead of a planned transfer of a handful of the aircraft to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in the years ahead.

The Army has awarded Dynetics a $237 million other transaction agreement to produce Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 prototype launchers and interceptors:

Dynetics wins Enduring IFPC competition

Leidos subsidiary Dynetics has won the competition to build the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2, and it will supply the first battery's worth of 12 launchers by the end of fiscal year 2023, the Army announced Sept. 24.

The Army recently held a demonstration to showcase various counter-small unmanned aerial systems capabilities:

Industry showcases C-sUAS capabilities for Pentagon's JCO

Five industry vendors last week wrapped up a demonstration held by the Army-led Joint Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office showcasing their ground-launched aerial denial and handheld and dismounted solutions.

Last but by no means least, some missile defense news:

Lawmakers seek new assessment of high-volume, advanced missile salvo defense capability

Senate lawmakers want a new assessment of the military’s ability to counter high-volume salvos of advanced missiles against joint force critical fixed sites and high-value assets, considered “one of the greatest threats” to U.S. forces posed by Russia and China that is forecast to grow as competitors expand their inventories of weapons that stress existing U.S. air and missile defense systems.