The INSIDER daily digest -- Feb. 6, 2024

By John Liang / February 6, 2024 at 1:43 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on Army counter-drone capabilities, the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program plus Navy shipbuilding and Army ammunition stockpiles.

The Army's top uniformed officer spoke this morning during a breakfast hosted by the Association of the United States Army in Arlington, VA:

Army chief seeks 'broad funding lines' for counter-UAS capabilities

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George said today that he thinks it would be more effective to have "broad funding lines" when it comes to purchasing counter-drone capabilities that would create more flexibility in the service's budget.

The latest CMMC news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Major coalition asks for CMMC proposed rule 60-day extension amid notable increase in stakeholder feedback requests from agencies

A coalition representing major defense associations and government contractors is asking the Defense Department to extend the comment period for a proposed rule to implement the Pentagon's cyber certification program, in a new letter highlighting three public comment periods for cyber rulemakings that closed last week.

DOE releases guide to help maturity model stakeholders understand Pentagon's CMMC program

The Energy Department has published a guide comparing its voluntary maturity model for developing cybersecurity plans to the Pentagon's upcoming program for defense contractors who are handling sensitive government data on nonfederal systems.

The Army's acquisition chief spoke this week at a virtual event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies:

Bush suggests maintaining larger ammo stockpiles could be helpful during largescale conflicts

Ukraine's war with Russia has shown how the U.S. defense industrial base would benefit from maintaining larger stockpiles of ammunition during instances of largescale conflicts, Army acquisition chief Doug Bush suggested Monday.

The Heritage Foundation held an event this week on "Regaining America's Maritime Security and Competitiveness":

Rep. Waltz: U.S. must focus on shipbuilding to contend with China's naval 'overmatch'

A decline in American shipbuilding coupled with China's rise as a maritime powerhouse could soon become a crisis for United States security and economics, according to Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL), who is leading a growing group of lawmakers calling for more aggressive action to bolster U.S. industry.