The INSIDER daily digest -- July 30, 2021

By John Liang / July 30, 2021 at 1:55 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter budget and more.

We start off with a look at the budget for the Joint Strike Fighter program:

Air Force budget reflects slight update to F-35A retrofit plan

The Air Force's fiscal year 2022 budget request reflects a re-baselined F-35A retrofit strategy, showing the service expects to eventually upgrade a total of 483 jets in low-rate initial production lots 5-16 to either a Block 4 configuration or a partial retrofit to include Technology Refresh 3 -- up from 457 aircraft in last year's request.

Air Force Chief Architect Preston Dunlap spoke this week on the service's "data and AI initiative":

Air Force launches new 'data and AI initiative' to support broader DOD push

The Air Force has kick-started a new data and artificial intelligence initiative and is working to develop a new minimum viable product as officials look to support a department-wide AI effort, according to the service's chief architect.

Inside Defense recently interviewed Joe Ottaviano, Lockheed Martin's maritime and air cyber/electronic warfare portfolio director:

Lockheed: Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare system approaching milestone C

Lockheed Martin expects its Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare program to reach milestone C and start low-rate initial production in the next two months, according to a company executive.

In its mark of the fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill, the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee argues that Expeditionary Sea Base platforms can successfully deploy minehunting capabilities:

House panel asks Navy to assess minehunting capabilities on ESB platforms

A House panel is asking the Navy to look at putting mine countermeasures on its Expeditionary Sea Base platforms.

Last but by no means least, the latest cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

CMMC accreditation body plans November start for first official assessor classes

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body is formalizing plans to launch the official program that will establish a pathway for assessors to become certified and expects classes to start in November, according to CMMC-AB training lead Melanie Kyle Gingrich.