This final INSIDER Daily Digest of 2022 has news on the Marine Corps' CH-53K King Stallion program, cyber provisions in the defense policy bill, a nascent industrial base consortium and more.
The CH-53K King Stallion, which achieved initial operational capability in April, will replace the legacy CH-53E Super Stallion as the Marine Corps’ primary heavy-lift helicopter:
Navy announces full-rate production for CH-53K
The CH-53K King Stallion has been cleared to enter full-rate production, according to a Friday announcement from the Navy.
Our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity have the details on all the cyber provisions included in the defense policy bill that the president signed into law today:
Biden signs defense policy bill, asserts limitations on cyber provision addressing info-sharing with Congress
President Biden has signed into law the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, unfurling a broad variety of civilian and Defense Department cybersecurity initiatives, while flagging what the White House views as potential overreach in a provision on cyber information sharing with Congress.
On Dec. 22, the Pentagon put out a notice seeking input on a proposed Industrial Base Policy Consortium:
DOD to stand up new industrial base consortium
The Defense Department intends to establish a new Industrial Base Policy Consortium that will work to allow "the award of projects to move at the pace of innovation," according to a new government notice.
Here's a rundown on the missile defense funding in the omnibus spending bill:
Appropriators want quarterly updates on Guam missile defense project
Congressional appropriators are calling on the Missile Defense Agency to send quarterly updates on progress related to setting up a missile defense system to protect Guam against a Chinese attack.
. . . as well as more details on Space Force procurement in the bill:
House and Senate appropriators add money for new satellite, accelerate missile warning
Lawmakers are poised to add approximately $800 million to both the Space Force's procurement and research accounts to boost satellite communications and missile-warning efforts, according to text of the fiscal year 2023 omnibus spending agreement released by House and Senate appropriators Monday evening.
Inside Defense would like to wish our readers a safe and healthy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year. The next INSIDER Daily Digest will be issued Jan. 3, 2023.