The INSIDER daily digest -- Dec. 11, 2023

By John Liang / December 11, 2023 at 1:58 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a big missile defense intercept test this morning, the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, Army artificial intelligence/machine learning efforts and more.

The Missile Defense Agency conducted a successful Ground-based Midcourse Defense system intercept test this morning:

New '2-/3-stage GBI' intercepts target, breaking nearly 5-year 'strategic pause' in GMD testing

A new variant of the Ground-based Interceptor successfully stopped an intermediate-range ballistic missile today over the Pacific Ocean using a booster that utilized only two of three available rocket stages -- demonstrating the ability to release the kill vehicle earlier, significantly expanding both the engagement area and time available to counter inbound threats.

More missile defense news:

New 'era of missile-centric warfare' has arrived, elevating import of missile-defense systems

The conflicts in Ukraine and Israel have ushered in a new "era of missile-centric warfare" and elevated the importance of missile defense systems, demonstrating in real-world events capabilities previously relegated to intelligence forecasts and baked into key policy documents, including the 2022 National Defense Strategy, according to a senior Pentagon official.

The latest cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

FDD's Montgomery evaluates cyber provisions in compromise defense policy bill package

Mark Montgomery of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies struck a positive tone on the House-Senate compromise version of the fiscal year 2024 defense authorization bill, while noting that some cyber provisions didn’t make the final cut.

Pentagon plans to hold public meeting on CMMC rulemaking after official publication

The Defense Department will hold a public meeting on its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program after the proposed rule implementing the initiative is published in the Federal Register, according to the latest unified agenda and regulatory plan.

Some Army artificial intelligence/machine learning news:

Army's Project Linchpin will initially support TITAN

Project Linchpin, the Army's new initiative to create a pipeline of artificial intelligence and machine learning, will support the service's Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) in its initial stages, a service official said last week.

The FY-24 defense authorization conference report has language on implementing the U.S.-U.K.-Australia defense cooperation agreement:

Defense policy bill looks to clear the way for AUKUS implementation

The draft conference defense policy bill, agreed to by House and Senate lawmakers this week, includes several provisions aimed at implanting key aspects of the AUKUS security partnership, with provisions enabling the sale of Virginia-class submarines to Canberra and loosening export control laws for Australia and the United Kingdom.

In a letter sent late last week, House Armed Services readiness subcommittee Chairman Mike Waltz (R-FL) and Ranking Member John Garamendi (D-CA) call for a Government Accountability Office review of V-22 Osprey operations and maintenance practices:

Lawmakers call on GAO to review Osprey safety after deadly crash

The chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee have asked the Government Accountability Office to review V-22 Osprey operation and maintenance practices to determine the factors responsible for a series of accidents that have occurred during aircraft missions and training exercises.

Document: Lawmakers' letter to GAO on V-22 review