The INSIDER daily digest -- July 20, 2021

By John Liang / July 20, 2021 at 1:34 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Air Force's Combat Rescue Helicopter program and more.

A multimillion-dollar Air Force contract for the Combat Rescue Helicopter program is on hold:

Judge pauses HH-60W CRH upgrade contract award, siding with SNC protest

A federal judge has barred the Air Force from moving forward with awarding Sikorsky a $980 million sole-source contract for rolling upgrades to the HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, arguing the service failed to justify the length and timing of the planned deal.

Document: Court's decisions on HH-60W CRH upgrade contract award

Our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity have the latest defense-related cyber news:

Senate authorizers begin work on defense policy bill cyber provisions

The fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill began its legislative journey Monday with a closed mark-up in the Senate Armed Services cybersecurity subcommittee, where a couple of Cyberspace Solarium Commission recommendations are expected to be adopted while others dealing with complex critical infrastructure issues could be addressed in floor amendments or separate bills.

U.S., allies attribute Microsoft Exchange hack to China in coordinated effort to expose, punish cyber transgressions

U.S. officials on Monday attributed the Microsoft Exchange hack to Chinese entities as part of a coordinated effort by the Justice and State departments, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, intelligence agencies and international allies to detail how Chinese state-backed actors were able to infiltrate U.S. networks over the past few years and begin imposing consequences.

The Marine Corps has selected General Dynamics and Textron for a pre-award and will begin negotiations for Other Transaction Agreement awards for Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle prototypes:

Marine Corps selects Textron Systems and General Dynamics for ARV prototypes

The Marine Corps announced Friday that it has selected Textron Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems to build Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle prototypes.

Looks like another career defense official will have to become the acting under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment:

Acting DOD acquisition chief plans exit following Brown's withdrawal

Stacy Cummings, the Pentagon's acting acquisition chief, plans to leave her job soon, an imminent departure that follows Michael Brown's withdrawal as the nominee President Biden had picked to fill the post.