The INSIDER daily digest -- Jan. 11, 2022

By John Liang / January 11, 2022 at 1:47 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on hypersonics, the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, Air Force combat drones and more.

The Pentagon is planning a series of hypersonics flight tests:

DOD announces 'full-scale hypersonics flight test series,' reveals little else publicly

The Defense Department is asking industry for feedback on plans for a "full-scale hypersonics flight test series" -- with further details available only to cleared contractors.

The latest on the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Contracting attorney: Incentives critical to stakeholder investment in CMMC amid lengthy rulemaking process

With two rulemakings expected at the end of 2022 to formally kick off the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, contracting attorney Robert Metzger says the development of incentives to encourage military contractors to invest now in CMMC preparation is critical but the process is complicated.

News on Air Force unmanned systems:

Industry eagerly eyes upcoming USAF combat drone programs

Companies involved in the Air Force's autonomous aircraft teaming endeavor are welcoming efforts to include two classified drone programs involving bombers and fighters in the upcoming budget request, with one industry official saying the move reflects the service's acknowledgment that it now has the tools "ready to start answering these needs."

The Navy completed 59% of maintenance availabilities on time in fiscal year 2021, up from 34% in FY-19:

Kitchener: Navy reducing maintenance delays but more work to be done

The Navy has reduced its days of maintenance delay by 41% since fiscal year 2019, Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, the commander of Naval Surface Forces, told reporters Friday.

The Army has completed a critical design review of the new Apache helicopter engine:

Boeing contract furthers push for new Apache engine

Boeing will conduct testing and engineering of GE's T901 engine for Army Apache helicopters, after the contractor was awarded a $240 million contract late last year.