The INSIDER daily digest -- Jan. 30, 2023

By John Liang / January 30, 2023 at 1:17 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on an upcoming Defense Science Board study on climate change, the multibillion-dollar Common Tactical Truck program, Army cruise missile defense and more.

The Defense Science Board will begin a new study on climate change next month:

Shyu launches DSB study to investigate 'new dimensions' of conflict driven by climate change

As the Pentagon expects climate change to "further intensify tensions" between countries, the Defense Science Board will begin a study this summer to investigate climate's impact on national security and assess the new systems and technology needed for the U.S. military's near- and far-term needs.

Document: DSB terms of reference memo for climate change study

The Army has announced prototype contracts for its multibillion-dollar Common Tactical Truck program:

Army announces $24M in prototype awards to four bidders for Common Tactical Truck

The Army has awarded prototype contracts totaling more than $24 million to four bidders for the multibillion-dollar Common Tactical Truck program, the service announced Friday.

On Jan. 12, the office of the Army’s project manager for Short and Intermediate Effectors for Layered Defense (SHIELD) in the program executive office for missiles and space published a notice asking industry for feedback on a new interceptor in addition to the guided missile selected as part of the original program -- the Raytheon Technologies-built AIM-9X:

Army eyes new interceptor to counter supersonic cruise missiles, large-caliber rockets

The Army is looking to add a second interceptor to its still-in-development, next-generation cruise missile defense system, seeking a guided-missile to counter supersonic air-breathing threats as well as large-caliber rockets and setting the stage for a likely new round of competition for the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 program.

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

CMMC accreditation body publishes stakeholder input from initial assessment process guide

The accreditation body behind the Pentagon's cyber certification program has published a detailed spreadsheet outlining comments from stakeholders on the group's first assessment process guide.

L3Harris Technologies executives talked about the company's quarterly earnings on Friday:

L3Harris CEO says hypersonics could be 'crown jewel' of Aerojet Rocketdyne acquisition

L3Harris Technologies' proposed acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne is a way to branch into the missiles market, L3Harris CEO Chris Kubasik said Friday, adding that hypersonic missile technology could be the "crown jewel" of the acquisition.