The INSIDER daily digest -- March 16, 2020

By John Liang / March 16, 2020 at 1:26 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on missile defense, funding for the president's proposed southern border wall, Lockheed Martin's new CEO and more.

The Missile Defense Agency could split up development of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System into several parts:

MDA eyes dissolving omnibus GMD development and sustainment into five contracts

The Missile Defense Agency is refining plans for a potential break-up of the omnibus Ground-based Midcourse Defense system development and sustainment contract, envisioning as many as five competitive projects to support the homeland ballistic missile defense system into the 2030s.

Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, head of the National Guard Bureau, recently testified before the House Appropriations defense subcommittee:

National Guard chief: $3.8B DOD reprogramming will affect Army Guard

The National Guard Bureau chief this month said he was not consulted on the $3.8 billion reprogramming action taken by the Defense Department to fund President Trump's border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the transfer will impact the Army National Guard's domestic operations portfolio.

Lockheed Martin has a new CEO:

Lockheed Martin taps board member to serve as CEO

Lockheed Martin said today it has named James Taiclet president and chief executive, effective June 15.

Navy acquisition chief Hondo Geurts and Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder told the House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee last week they are prepared to increase production for the CH-53K King Stallion after fixing the helicopter's technical problems:

Navy lowered FY-21 CH-53K buy to address deficiencies, but is now ready to speed up production

Though the Navy lowered its fiscal year 2021 request for the Marine Corps' new heavy-lift helicopter because of concerns over numerous deficiencies, the service is now ready to speed up production.

Last but certainly not least, some defense cyber news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Pentagon seen to be slipping slightly on implementation of cyber certification program

Defense Department acquisition Chief Information Security Officer Katie Arrington late last week said contractors will have to be certified as cyber secure before being awarded a contract, an assertion that one industry official saw as a slip in schedule from earlier DOD assertions that certifications would have to be completed at the time of bidding.