The INSIDER daily digest -- Jan. 10, 2023

By John Liang / January 10, 2023 at 1:31 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news from an interview with the head of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, contractors with "documented performance issues," the latest on the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program and more.

Inside Defense interviewed Fleet Forces Commander Adm. Daryl Caudle this week:

How the Navy's 'One Atlantic' initiative aims to deliver more presence to Europe

U.S. Fleet Forces Command is working on an initiative to "dissolve" the operational line in the Atlantic Ocean between U.S Northern Command and European Command -- allowing the Navy to deliver more capacity to NATO without having to send forces on full deployments.

Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante said analysis from the Pentagon's defense pricing and contracting team has concluded that DOD has a good record when it comes to awarding incentive fees to contractors:

DOD touts record for not rewarding contractors with 'documented performance issues'

The Defense Department, in response to concerns raised by Senate appropriators, has concluded after an "in-depth analysis" that it has not improperly awarded any incentive fees to contractors with "documented performance issues," according to a new report sent to Capitol Hill.

Document: DOD report on incentive fees, contractor performance

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

Pentagon plans to formally propose changes to CMMC program ahead of official launch

Full implementation of the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program for defense contractors will likely shift to 2024 based on revised estimates from the Defense Department in the fall 2022 unified agenda, which indicates two proposed rules are expected for release in the coming months.

Sensors developed by Boeing and Raytheon Technologies passed critical design reviews in November, though it wasn’t clear whether Space Systems Command would move forward with prototypes from both or push down to a single vendor:

SSC picks Boeing, Raytheon to move forward with Missile Track Custody prototypes

The Space Force has selected teams from Boeing's Millennium Space Systems and Raytheon Intelligence & Space to proceed with building prototypes for the service's Missile Track Custody program, according to a Space Systems Command official.

The Navy plans to outfit each of its three DDG-1000 destroyers with hypersonic strike missiles, removing the Advanced Gun System the service planned to field on the warship:

HII solidifies sole-source contract for hypersonic weapon install on Zumwalt

Shipbuilder and defense technology company HII has been awarded an advanced planning contract to upgrade the Navy’s stealth destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000), which will include adding long range hypersonic missiles to the ship class.