The INSIDER daily digest -- Feb. 8, 2019

By John Liang  
February 8, 2019 at 1:03 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news from an Inside Defense one-on-one interview with the chief of naval operations and more.

Inside Defense interviewed Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson this week:

CNO: Maritime strategy at 'very front' of FY-20 budget process

The Navy formulated its fiscal year 2020 budget with the service's new maritime strategy at the "very front" of the process, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told Inside Defense in a Feb. 7 interview.

CNO: Navy making 'first moves' in Black Sea would not necessarily be 'aggressive'

The Navy's top admiral this week said the service may consider making "first moves" in the Black Sea region to force responses from Russia and other competitors in the area, but in an interview with Inside Defense said those actions could fall short of being labeled as "aggressive."

In case you missed it, here's a free version of a story we ran yesterday on the Pentagon's plans for the FY-20 Overseas Contingency Operations budget request:

Pentagon planning a mammoth FY-20 war budget to avoid spending cap

The Defense Department is preparing to ask Congress for an increase of more than $100 billion in its controversial warfighting account to skirt a mandatory budget cap, but some government officials are worried it will only further the account's appearance as a slush fund.

More news from the Pentagon's latest operational test and evaluation report:

Pentagon testing office points to shortfalls in evaluating emerging technologies prized by DOD leaders

From advanced software to autonomous systems to directed energy weapons, the Defense Department lacks the adequate tools, ranges and skills to fully vet many emerging technologies Pentagon leaders say are crucial to renewed great power competition, according to DOD's head of operational testing.

Some news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

NIST pushes ahead on updating guidance for contractors protecting sensitive government information

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is racing to publish a second revision of a draft guidance document on protecting "controlled unclassified information" prior to Feb. 15 in case another partial government shutdown occurs.