Defense Business Briefing -- Nov. 28, 2023

Welcome to today's Defense Business Briefing, your weekly roundup of the latest defense industry news.

This week's top story

Pentagon finalizes change to acquisition rules setting up DOD methodology for cyber assessment standard

The Pentagon will use a methodology developed by the Defense Contract Management Agency's Defense Industrial Base Cyber Assessment Center for National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publications 800-171 assessments moving forward, according to a final rule formalizing an arrangement that is seen as a placeholder for the upcoming rollout of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

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DOD's CMMC rulemaking clears OIRA review process

The Pentagon's rulemaking to implement its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program has completed the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs review process, a major milestone that indicates the new regulation should show up in the Federal Register soon.

CMMC ecosystem prepares for rulemaking release, while exact timing remains uncertain

Stakeholders are getting ready for the upcoming release of a long-awaited rulemaking to implement the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, while the exact timing and content of the rule remains unclear two years after the Defense Department announced a major revamp.

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Reps. Gallagher, Khanna bill would create a DOD working group on 'Five Eyes' AI cooperation

The Biden administration should establish a Pentagon-led working group to coordinate a multinational effort to test, develop and procure artificial intelligence systems in tandem with its "Five Eyes" allies, the chair and ranking member of the House Armed Services cyber, information technologies and innovation subcommittee say in a new bill.

Hicks says Replicator drone picks will be made within the next few weeks

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said today the Pentagon intends to select within the next three weeks the "first tranche" of low-cost, attritable, autonomous drone systems to be included in its new Replicator initiative.