The INSIDER daily digest -- July 25, 2022

By John Liang / July 25, 2022 at 2:06 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news from head of the Air Force's 16th Air Force, missile defense and more.

Lt. Gen. Kevin Kennedy, the new head of the 16th Air Force, spoke to the media recently:

New 16th Air Force commander sees collaboration as key in fight against cyberattacks

The new commander of the 16th Air Force, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kennedy, said collaboration and partnerships across the service, joint forces and with industry will be key focuses of his tenure.

The Senate Armed Services Committee, in its mark of the fiscal year 2023 defense policy bill, recommends a provision that could inform deliberations about whether to triple the size of the Next Generation Interceptor acquisition:

Draft legislation would require funding plan for 64 Next Generation Interceptor fleet

The Pentagon would be required to draft a plan to pay for a fleet-wide replacement of the homeland defense ballistic missile inventory, according to legislation proposed by a Senate panel that would identify the price tag associated with expanding the program of record for the Next Generation Interceptor beyond 20 guided missiles to a total of 64.

More missile defense news from the defense policy bill:

Senate authorizers add funds to accelerate GPI, countermand USD research and engineering

Senate lawmakers are proposing a dramatic increase in spending for the Glide Phase Interceptor in fiscal year 2023 -- a nearly $300 million boost the Pentagon's top technology shop last fall determined would not necessarily accelerate plans for fielding a hypersonic defense.

In Southern California, U.S. and Australian navies are working together to deploy unmanned underwater vehicles from an amphibious ship during the 2022 Rim of the Pacific exercise:

U.S., allied nations deploying UUVs from amphib during RIMPAC

Partner nations of the United States are putting unmanned underwater vehicles to the test in the world's largest maritime exercise this summer.

Our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity have details on the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program in the Senate version of the fiscal year 2023 defense policy bill:

Senate defense policy bill directs GAO to produce report on CMMC reciprocity

Senate Armed Services Committee leadership is asking the Government Accountability Office to "conduct an assessment on the incorporation of reciprocity" into the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, in the chamber's latest version of the fiscal year 2023 defense authorization bill.