The INSIDER daily digest -- April 11, 2019

April 11, 2019 at 1:36 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest begins with the latest from the Space Symposium and Capitol Hill hearings.

Courtney Albon, writing from the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO, said the Air Force's top acquisition official is preparing for a meeting on a key reprogramming request:

USAF advocates for $623 million reprogramming to keep Next-Gen OPIR on schedule

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper will meet with senior leaders next week to discuss the importance of a standalone $623 million reprogramming request for the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared program -- one of the service’s top space modernization efforts.

Meanwhile, testifying on Capitol Hill, Hondo Geurts said the military has “re-laid out the test program” and “redone our production contracts” for the CH-53K King Stallion program:

Geurts: Navy to award CH-53K LRIP contract for Lots 2 and 3 in ‘coming weeks’

The Navy will award the next low-rate initial production contract for the Marine Corps’ new heavy lift helicopter in the “coming weeks,” according to the service’s acquisition chief.

Inside Defense sat down with Leidos' chief executive, who explained the reasoning behind the company's restructuring:

Krone: Leidos reorganization has 'reenergized' defense and intelligence groups

The reorganization Leidos unveiled at the beginning of the year separated the company's defense and intelligence groups, reenergizing both units and giving both better customer focus, according to the contractor's chief executive.

Our sister publication, Inside Cybersecurity, reports that the National Institute of Standards and Technology is making a key change to guidelines it offers:

NIST will create two separate guidelines on securing sensitive data for defense contractors

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is reworking the way it presents guidelines on securing defense-related controlled unclassified information in order to avoid strapping contractors with redundant requirements, according to a senior NIST official.