The INSIDER daily digest -- Dec. 16, 2022

By John Liang / December 16, 2022 at 3:13 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on Defense Department innovation efforts, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system remaining in Army hands, the Naval Postgraduate School and Stanford University teaming up to work on climate change issues and more.

House and Senate lawmakers want the Defense Department to innovate more:

Defense policy bill includes focus on DOD's innovation environment

Lawmakers are using the fiscal year 2023 defense policy bill to push for changes to the military's innovation ecosystem, including through a provision seeking to produce a framework for bolstering the current capability environment.

Looks like the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system will stay in Army hands, after all:

Rollback of 2018 law imminent, ending drama over U.S. missile defense procurement authority

The Missile Defense Agency is on the cusp of securing a major bureaucratic victory after prevailing on lawmakers to roll back a law mandating weapon system procurement authority be transitioned to the military departments, a policy shift with implications most immediately for the Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense program.

The Naval Postgraduate School and Stanford University have teamed up to work on climate change solutions:

NPS partners with Stanford to address climate issues, collaborate on research efforts

As the Navy's key installations are confronted by the drastic effects of climate change, two prominent California schools have joined forces to tackle sustainability and climate issues, a partnership the sea service's top civilian official said will advance thinking on topics from fuel alternatives to future platforms.

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

Defense sector ISAC guide seeks to help small business reach CMMC compliance using managed service providers

A recent guide from the National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center is designed to assist small and medium-size businesses with choosing a managed service provider to help reach compliance with the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

The fiscal year 2023 defense policy bill includes a provision that would require the Missile Defense Agency to codify a plan -- and provide required funding between FY-24 and FY-28 -- to develop a suite of directed energy and cyber weapons to counter hypersonic threats:

Congress set to mandate strategy to defeat hypersonic missiles with lasers, microwaves, cyber

Legislation, poised to become law, would require the Pentagon to craft a strategy to add a new layer of asymmetric countermeasures to the U.S. missile defense system to defeat ultra-fast maneuvering threats -- including hypersonic glide vehicles and hypersonic cruise missiles.