The INSIDER daily digest -- June 11, 2021

By John Liang / June 11, 2021 at 2:05 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Defense Department's fiscal year 2022 budget topline and more.

We start off with the Pentagon's top civilian and uniformed officials testifying on the FY-22 budget request this week:

Austin and Milley questioned on budget topline, PDI and aircraft cuts

The Pentagon's top leaders fielded questions and took some criticism today from senators concerned about defense spending and whether the U.S. military is appropriately postured to deter China.

Document: Senate hearing on the FY-22 defense budget

The defense industry is generally supportive of more informative post-award debriefings for contractors:

DOD unveils new enhanced debriefing rule

The Pentagon last month proposed amending defense federal acquisition regulations to enhance contractors' post-award debriefing rights, a move welcomed by contractors.

A recent Army test event confirmed many of the service's beliefs about the possible advantages of an electric reconnaissance vehicle, including acoustic and thermal signature reduction:

eLRV soldier touch point draws 10 companies

Ten companies demonstrated their electric or hybrid-electric vehicle capabilities at an Army soldier touch point May 10-14 at Ft. Benning, GA, to help the service develop a plan for the electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle, its first electric tactical vehicle.

The first of two next-generation Navy training helicopters have been delivered:

Leonardo Helicopters delivers first next-generation Navy TH-73A training helo

Leonardo Helicopters delivered the first next-generation TH-73A training helicopter to the Navy today, marking a significant step for a program which is Leonardo's first as a prime contractor.

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

CMMC body reveals first authorized organization cleared to conduct assessments for defense contractors

The first authorized, certified third-party assessment organization has entered the marketplace to conduct official audits for defense contractors who want to become certified under the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

CMMC accreditation body looks to hire compliance director responsible for meeting terms of DOD contract

The independent accreditation body behind the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is looking for an individual to serve as "Director of Security and Compliance," a new position created to liaise with the Pentagon on security matters and the latest move by the accreditation authority to transition to a full-time professional staff.