This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on analysts' takes on the recent Taiwan Strait crisis, plus Army high-energy lasers and more.
We start off with a deep dive into the Navy's options for defending Taiwan against a belligerent mainland China:
As China flexes its military muscle around Taiwan and the U.S. Navy continues its freedom-of-navigation operations, analysts say a potential blockade or quarantine of Taiwan is more likely than an invasion of the island, a scenario that will weigh heavily on U.S. policy decisions.
Army Lt. Gen. Neil Thurgood, director of the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, spoke about high-energy lasers this week at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, AL:
The Army will deliver its first battery of high-energy lasers to Ft. Sill, OK by the end of next month, the head of the service's rapid capability development department said Wednesday.
Air Force Materiel Command's Digital Directorate Program Executive Officer Steven Wert spoke this week at the Life Cycle Industry Days in Dayton, OH:
DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force's replacement for the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft would be one of the more significant new starts impacted by a failure of Congress to pass a budget for fiscal year 2023, but the service has taken steps to mitigate delays in that instance.
News on the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System program:
DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force can improve its relationships with small businesses competing for Advanced Battle Management System contracts by bolstering its process when the service decides not to award a contract, Gen. Duke Richardson said.
The Defense Department inspector general's office has begun an assessment this month on hypersonic weapon systems:
The Pentagon's inspector general is beginning an audit of the U.S. military's marquee hypersonic strike project that will focus on one of the most salient aspects of the program: scheduled plans to begin fielding a new class of ultra-fast weapons by the Army in 2023 and the Navy in 2025.