The INSIDER Daily Digest -- June 6, 2023

By John Liang / June 6, 2023 at 2:09 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a nascent Marine Corps counter-UAS program, plus that service's efforts to establish new reconnaissance battalions and more.

The Marine Corps has released a pre-solicitation containing a draft request for proposals for a counter-UAS engagement system (CES) described as "an advanced, highly autonomous effector" to take down UAS threats at "significant ranges from the launch location":

Marine Corps begins search for counter-UAS component of future air defense system

Continuing efforts to field ground-based air defense capabilities, the Marine Corps is looking to industry to produce a counter unmanned aircraft system component to support its prototype Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) Increment One.

The Marine Corps' annual update to its Force Design 2030 initiative is out:

Marine Corps continues development of new recon units, MLR capabilities with Force Design update

As the Marine Corps begins the fourth year of its Force Design modernization effort, the service is continuing its push to improve the mobility and lethality of its stand-in forces by establishing new reconnaissance battalions, solidifying operating concepts for its Marine Littoral Regiments and continuing to experiment with new technologies.

Document: Marine Corps' force design 2030 annual update

L3Harris Technologies CEO Chris Kubasik recently spoke about fixed-price contracts at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference held in New York:

L3Harris CEO: Industry turning away from fixed-price development contracts

L3Harris Technologies, and likely other defense contractors, won't continue bidding for fixed-price contracts, CEO Chris Kubasik said Thursday.

Raytheon Technologies has nabbed a Missile Defense Agency sole-source, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity Ground-based Midcourse Defense system sustainment contract:

MDA awards penultimate contract in project to break up legacy GMD sustainment

The Defense Department has awarded Raytheon Technologies a new deal as part of the project to break up the former Ground-based Midcourse Defense system continuing sustainment and development contract -- executing a potential $621 million, five-year package to keep modern and operational exoatmospheric kill vehicles in the deployed homeland defense interceptor fleet.

A recent report from the Defense Department inspector general's office determined "the extent to which the DOD developed guidance, conducted training, and oversaw the implementation of the DOD Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Program":

DOD watchdog finds oversight lacking on 'controlled unclassified' info restrictions

The Defense Department inspector general has found the Pentagon does not "effectively oversee" officials who mark government documents as "controlled unclassified information," potentially restricting transparency without an appropriate rationale.

Document: DOD IG report on CUI program implementation