The INSIDER daily digest -- June 12, 2019

By John Liang / June 12, 2019 at 3:03 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on missile defense, Afghan soldiers defecting to the United States, cybersecurity and more.

We start off with some missile defense news:

Senate bill seeks options on expanding GBI fleet in Alaska to 100 interceptors

Senate lawmakers are proposing legislation that could chart an expansion of the Ground-based Interceptor fleet in Alaska to as many as 100 guided missiles, a push to enhance the Ground-based Midcourse Defense segment of the Ballistic Missile Defense System that comes as the Missile Defense Agency is facing significant delays in expanding the current 44-interceptor fleet to 64.

A lot of Afghan soldiers who come to the United States for military training apparently want to stay in the United States:

Lawmakers concerned about Afghan trainees going AWOL, request DOD, State briefing

Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform national security subcommittee are expressing concern about the number of U.S.-trained Afghan soldiers who go absent without official leave, as described in recent reports by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko.

The Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill has cybersecurity language in it:

Senate bill proposes new cybersecurity framework for defense industrial base

Senate authorizers are proposing a new framework to help the Defense Department shore up cybersecurity throughout its industrial base, as lawmakers feel the current status quo is inadequate.

The cPROBE, a collection of databases and applications, is slowly moving from incremental upgrades to adding new developments:

Army adding new developments to cloud system

The Army is halfway through integrating its cloud system to help the service with budgeting, planning and programming processes.

A look from a different perspective on Raytheon's proposed merger with United Technologies:

Analysts: Raytheon-UTC deal could trigger additional market consolidation

The proposed merger between Raytheon and United Technologies is likely to move forward without government intervention, analysts said, and could lead to another wave of consolidation within the defense industry.