The INSIDER daily digest -- August 12, 2022

By John Liang / August 12, 2022 at 2:04 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a recent U.S. missile defense intercept test off Hawaii, hypersonic missile development, Navy Super Hornet aircraft and more.

A U.S. missile defense intercept test took place this week off the coast of Hawaii:

U.S. intercepted ballistic missile target over Pacific while China exercised around Taiwan

The United States executed a ballistic missile intercept test over the Pacific Ocean during a multinational maritime exercise that included Japan, South Korea and other nations, in an event that overlapped with China's coercive military exercises -- including missile launches -- around Taiwan.

The United States is lagging behind China on hypersonic missile development:

RCCTO chief updates on China

The head of the Army's rapid capability development unit on Wednesday said China's strong development of hypersonics was due to a major head start over the U.S. and called on the defense industry to harden its cyber defenses against China and other adversaries.

Inside Defense recently interviewed Mark Sears, Boeing’s vice president and program manager of F/A-18s and EA-18Gs:

First Block II Super Hornet will be inducted for full kit upgrade in December

Boeing will begin converting the first Block II F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the most advanced version of the fighter jet at the end of this year.

Two T-7a trainer aircraft prototypes have now been delivered and are flying with the Air Force:

T-7A on track for milestone C timeline despite program issues, official says

The Air Force's newest training jet, the T-7A Red Hawk, is on track to meet a milestone C decision in July 2023 despite recent challenges encountered in the aircraft's development, a key official told reporters this week.

Some Joint Strike Fighter news:

AETP will not enter EMD without F-35 re-engine, official says

DAYTON, OH -- The future of the Air Force's Adaptive Engine Transition Program hinges on whether the F-35 receives a new AETP engine, a top official said today, which would determine whether AETP enters the engineering and manufacturing development phase or is discontinued.

Last but by no means least, the latest cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Nakasone: DOD consideration of CMMC managed service providers should incorporate civilian agencies

Using managed service providers to help companies reach Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification compliance should extend beyond the Defense Department by incorporating civilian agencies that also handle controlled unclassified information, according to a former General Services Administration senior official.