The INSIDER daily digest -- April 6, 2023

By John Liang / April 6, 2023 at 2:00 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news from the Sea-Air-Space Symposium, Oshkosh Defense's protest of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract award, plus space and cybersecurity coverage.

Let's start off with more coverage of this year's Sea-Air-Space Symposium:

Shipping leaders link merchant fleet to defense supply chain

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- U.S. commercial shipping leaders, meeting Wednesday on the closing day of the Sea-Air-Space conference, voiced concern about ensuring strategic sealift capabilities to counter possible military aggression.

Ukraine war influencing Arctic security concerns

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Russia's increased reliance on China since its invasion of Ukraine is heating up Arctic security concerns for the United States and its allies, according to a defense expert speaking at the Sea-Air-Space conference.

Read our full Sea-Air-Space Symposium coverage.

We also have an interview with the head of Oshkosh Defense on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle protest:

Oshkosh exec: Company would suffer 'significant loss' if it had matched competitor's JLTV bid

The head of Oshkosh Defense says the company would have suffered a "significant loss" if it had bid the same amount as its competitor AM General, which recently won the Army's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle follow-on production contract.

Plus some space news:

SDA to release first of its Tranche 2 solicitations next week

The Space Development Agency will issue a request for proposals next week on its first set of Tranche 2 satellites for its Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture, according to SDA Director Derek Tournear.

Saltzman: Rapid data transfer and decision support will be key to Space BMC3

Data transfer with decision-support software is a top priority for the Space Force as it builds out a space battle management command, control and communications network, Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman said Wednesday.

Space Force to recruit Guardians using digital management process

Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman today highlighted the U.S. Space Force's initiative to recruit Guardians using modern talent management processes.

As well as cybersecurity coverage:

CYBERCOM uses new budget authorities to lay claim to $6B in DOD spending plan

The Defense Department is utilizing new budget authorities granted to U.S. Cyber Command in fiscal year 2024 -- giving the organization service-like acquisition powers for the first time -- to carve out $6 billion in planned research and development as well as procurement projects in the Pentagon's new five-year spending blueprint.

DOD plans to issue rule expanding incident reporting program to entire defense industrial base

Stacy Bostjanick, chief of defense industrial base cybersecurity, says industry should expect to see a rulemaking in June that will expand the Pentagon's incident reporting program for companies who currently have a defense contract to the wider defense industrial base that handles controlled unclassified information.

INSA describes potential industry role in support of offensive cyber ops

The Intelligence and National Security Alliance is proposing steps to improve the private sector's ability to assist in offensive cyber operations, including through creation of a cyber national guard and reserve force, but cautioning against encouraging companies to "hack back" against cyber attackers.