The INSIDER daily digest -- Dec. 7, 2021

By John Liang / December 7, 2021 at 1:45 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on deterring China, the Air Force's Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon program and more.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke this morning at a DefenseOne conference:

Austin pushes 'integrated deterrence' in face of Chinese hypersonic advancements

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin today, referencing what the Pentagon has characterized as a destabilizing Chinese hypersonic missile test, said the U.S. National Defense Strategy will be built upon networked dominance across all military domains, not just one "very fascinating" weapon.

The flight test timeline for the Air Force's Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon could have implications for the program's production schedule:

ARRW failure review board wraps up work; flight testing to resume in coming months

Flight testing for the Air Force's Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon is poised to resume in the coming months, the program's director said this week, following the conclusion of a failure review board's analysis of the hypersonic missile's latest testing mishap.

More coverage of this past weekend's Reagan National Security Forum:

Continuing resolution may delay DOD's rapid technology experimentation plans

SIMI VALLEY, CA -- The Pentagon's chief technology officer is aiming to address four critical capability gaps through a planned set of joint technology experiments starting in fiscal year 2023, but an appropriations delay on Capitol Hill could hold up the department's schedule.

The Missile Defense Agency this week announced the completion of the construction and installation of the radar arrays for the Long Range Discrimination Radar at Clear Space Force Station, AK:

DOD declares LRDR fielded and ready for testing, major step toward bringing new radar online

The U.S. military today took a key step toward operationalizing a major new component of its national missile defense system, declaring the Long Range Discrimination Radar -- a hulking pair of sensors in the heart of Alaska, each six stories tall and equally wide -- fielded and ready for testing to improve defense against North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Last but by no means least, some F-35 Joint Strike Fighter news:

New F-35 baseline, IOT&E schedule expected in early January, according to PEO

The head of the F-35 joint program office said today he expects an updated acquisition program baseline to be ready for release in January, setting a new schedule for completing a series of Joint Simulation Environment "runs for score."

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