The INSIDER daily digest -- Jan. 11, 2023

By John Liang / January 11, 2023 at 1:37 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on whether House Republicans would stomach defense spending cuts, coverage of the Surface Navy Association's annual conference and more.

Now that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is in place, information is beginning to emerge concerning what kind of deals he had to strike and what sort of promises he had to make to win a historically contentious speaker's election:

GOP's ascension to House majority drives confusion over possible defense cuts

Depending on which senior House Republican you ask, defense spending cuts are either "on the table" or "have not been discussed."

Navy 5th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Brad Cooper spoke this week at the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium:

5th Fleet commander details 'digital ocean' concept after TF-59 reaches FOC

Over a year after its inception, the Navy's Mideast-based unmanned task force has reached full operational capability and U.S. 5th Fleet aims to expand its presence to create a "digital ocean" in the region as threats from Iran and other malign actors remain "very real."

More from SNA:

Navy targets 75 mission-capable ships as readiness 'north star'

Working to improve surface force readiness, the Navy has set a goal of keeping 75 ships designated as "mission capable" or "full mission capable" -- a north star target that will underpin all future surface force efforts, according to service leaders.

In a new twist, the Missile Defense Agency has decided not to specify the number of interceptors in the Ground-based Midcourse Defense fleet:

DOD increases size of GMD fleet; total number of operational GBIs no longer public

The Defense Department has added a small buffer to its limited inventory of intercontinental ballistic missile-killing interceptors, growing the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program by two guided missiles after harvesting enough spare parts to assemble a pair of the most modern variants of the homeland defense interceptor.

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.