The INSIDER daily digest -- Jan. 17, 2023

By John Liang / January 17, 2023 at 1:33 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the resolution of an F-35 power module shortfall, Army cloud computing, the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship program and more.

An F-35 power module shortfall, which previously caused long queues for maintenance and threatened to render an increasing number of jets non-mission-capable, was overcome in November:

F-35 power module backlog cleared, JPO says

A critical shortage of power modules for the F-35's engines has ended, a Joint Program Office spokesman confirmed to Inside Defense.

Last October, the Army announced the Enterprise Application Migration and Modernization effort -- a $1 billion multi-award, multivendor contract to further its cloud efforts:

Army's EAMM contract will do 'heavy lifting' for cloud migration

While hundreds of the Army's applications have already moved to the cloud, a senior service official says there's still "a lot more to lift," which could be accomplished through an upcoming enterprise-wide cloud contract.

After saving five Littoral Combat Ships from early decommissioning, lawmakers directed the Navy to determine alternative uses for the remaining Freedom-class variants, which have struggled with the anti-submarine warfare mission module and their drive trains:

Navy considers new uses for LCS variants

The Navy is exploring new ways to use its fleet of Littoral Combat Ships, according to service officials who discussed plans for LCSs to be outfitted with the Naval Strike Missile and take on mine countermeasure missions in 5th Fleet.

The Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act mandates the Army craft an Extended Range Cannon Artillery program acquisition strategy that includes full-and-open competition using best-value criteria for all post-prototype production:

ERCA strategy now required to include 'best value' competition for post-prototype production

The Army is now required by law to open the Extended Range Cannon Artillery program to competition after the service buys an initial batch of 20 prototypes, setting the stage for a contest before the planned production decision late next year.

The latest cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Defense industry urges CISA to create single 'channel' for sharing incident reports under upcoming regime

Leaders from the defense industrial base are urging the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to consolidate how it will collect mandatory incident reports from the sector into a single "channel" where information is shared between the Defense Department and CISA.