The INSIDER daily digest -- Jan. 4, 2024

By John Liang / January 4, 2024 at 2:32 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a recent series of orbital warfare exercises, the viability of U.S. military testing ranges and more.

RED SKIES is a series of orbital warfare exercises developed by the Space Training and Readiness Command to prepare Guardians to defend against an aggressor’s potential attack on U.S. satellites:

Space Force achieves RED SKIES goals during 'inaugural execution'

The Space Force yesterday announced it has successfully achieved the goals of the RED SKIES 24 exercise during the event's "inaugural execution" from Dec. 11 to Dec. 15.

A report, released in August alongside a director of operational test and evaluation office-led AI workshop, said there is a need for additional testing and evaluation range capabilities to properly test certain systems that none of the national ranges have:

Testing office moving toward portable testing kits for AI and autonomous systems

A Defense Department report from the department's independent testing office found that no test ranges are ready to realistically test full autonomous or artificial intelligence systems, leading testing and evaluation to implement portable testing kits.

Document: DOT&E report on AI, autonomy

In case you missed it, here's the latest coverage of the Pentagon's new rule on the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program:

DOD addresses changes related to small business needs in latest CMMC rulemaking

The Defense Department provides a rundown of how its proposed rule addresses small business concerns over the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, as part of a detailed breakdown of comments received on the 2020 interim final rule.

Pentagon's CMMC guidance documents provide insight into assessment requirements, level three needs

The Defense Department has revealed its plans to revamp the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program in guidance documents offering an official preview on changes to the model, assessment and scoping requirements as well as the process for submitting results to the Pentagon.

A new RAND Corp. report looks at how the U.S. military deals with cyber risks:

RAND report evaluates cyber-specific needs in addressing supply chain risk management

A recent report commissioned by the Air Force Research Laboratory dives into how addressing cyber risks differs from other supply chain risk management issues and provides recommendations on how to take a "comprehensive approach" in addressing their needs together.