The INSIDER daily digest -- April 15, 2022

By Thomas Duffy / April 15, 2022 at 2:06 PM

Friday’s INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a developmental laser weapon, the Army’s unfunded priorities list, and the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

An industry developed laser weapon recently showed its stuff in the New Mexico desert:

Lockheed-Rolls: cruise missile intercept is ‘proof point’ for tactically developed 100kw laser

Industry-developed laser weapon and power technology -- designed to fit on a ship, a ground combat vehicle, and military cargo aircraft -- demonstrated the feasibility of a tactical, electrical, fiber laser beam-combined system across the entire engagement chain during a February test in New Mexico that shot down a cruise missile target.

The Army has identified the Abrams tank and an air-defense system as needing more money:

Army UPL would reverse Abrams, M-SHORAD cuts from budget request

Cuts to the Abrams tank and a new short-range air defense platform in the fiscal year 2023 budget request would be reversed, and the programs would see budget increases, if congressional appropriators include everything the service said it needs on its unfunded priorities list.

Our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity file two reports on the Pentagon’s cyber certification effort:

NIST adds new data formats for foundational CMMC publications

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has added two new data formats intended to improve the usability of four publications that are foundational to the Pentagon’s cyber certification program.

The publications focus on the protection of controlled unclassified information. NIST Special Publication 800-171 is the basis for level two of the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program. NIST Special Publication 800-171A provides assessment procedures to operationalize the publication.

Pentagon expects to submit first CMMC rulemaking for OMB review in July

The Pentagon will start the formal process in July to make regulatory changes to its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program with the submission of a new rulemaking to White House Office of Management and Budget for review, according to a Pentagon spokesman.