The INSIDER daily digest -- April 13, 2023

By John Liang / April 13, 2023 at 2:39 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Air Force's effort to cut legacy aircraft programs, Navy unmanned surface vessels and more.

Inside Defense recently interviewed the head of Air Combat Command:

ACC chief calls for cutting legacy platforms and investing in EMS to counter China

The close-air support capabilities of the aging A-10 fleet don't mean much if the jets get shot down before reaching front lines, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mark Kelly said, which is why he thinks the service's budget should be focused on fifth- and sixth-generation capabilities.

The Navy's top uniformed official expects a capability development document for unmanned surface vessels to be delivered in 2023 but didn't disclose a specific date:

CNO: Navy is defining 'specific requirements' for LUSVs

The Navy's capability development document that outlines requirements for developing large, unmanned surface vessels is underway and will be ready sometime this year, according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday.

Pentagon Comptroller Michael McCord has requested permission to shift $29.6 million to provide additional resources to the Maneuver Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) Inc. 1 program and a paint booth project at Watervliet Arsenal, NY:

Following test delays, Army shifting Long Range Hypersonic Weapon funding to M-SHORAD

The Army is seeking permission to shift to higher-priority projects nearly $30 million in funds originally appropriated for the Defense Department's marquee hypersonic weapons program, a move the Pentagon says will not affect fielding plans but is also a sign the planned test schedule remains fluid.

The Defense Department will purchase a constellation of up to 72 T2TL-Beta space vehicles that are further divided into six orbital planes of 12 SVs, which will be awarded to multiple vendors subject to available funding, according to a recent notice:

SDA issues solicitation notice for Tranche 2 Transport Layer satellites

The Space Development Agency has issued a request for proposals for a Tranche 2 satellite for its Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture, the agency announced on Monday.

Last but by no means least, the latest Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

AIA urges companies to stick to current DOD cyber standard as work on CMMC rule continues

The Aerospace Industries Association is urging its members to achieve the current cyber requirements in defense contracts regarding National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171 and accompanying documentation as uncertainty continues over when the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program will launch.