The INSIDER daily digest -- Dec. 20, 2021

By John Liang / December 20, 2021 at 2:20 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the big decisions the Pentagon is due to make next year and more.

We start off with a deep dive into major decisions for the Pentagon in the coming year:

Pentagon faces key decision points in coming year

The Pentagon is poised to make several significant decisions in 2022 that could impact its budget and acquisition programs for years to come, all while dealing with continued challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Google is eyeing the Pentagon's Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability contract:

As Google Cloud works through JWCC bid, officials look to broaden military service deals

After securing a number of military service deals in recent years, Google's cloud wing is positioning itself to expand existing partnerships and win major contracts within the Defense Department, the latter of which, an official said, would help "level the playing field" between the company and its competitors.

Our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity have the latest on the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program:

Pentagon publishes level two assessment guide for revamped CMMC program

The Defense Department has released the assessment guide for level two of its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, making changes to the initial model through the removal of processes as well as 20 controls that go beyond the initial standard developed by NIST.

L3Harris has announced its Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor proposal passed muster with the Missile Defense Agency:

MDA completes review of HBTSS prototype designs; L3Harris, Northrop cleared to build

The Missile Defense Agency has approved the second of two competing design proposals for a Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor, clearing L3Harris to proceed with Northrop Grumman in beginning to fabricate space vehicles critical to U.S. military plans to counter a new class of ultra-fast maneuvering weapons.

Ross Hempel, deputy head of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division's Naval Architecture & Engineering Department, spoke at a recent industry day:

Unmanned programs coming to 'a lot' of Navy warfare centers

Navy warfare centers are seeing a growing emphasis on unmanned systems, including the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division.