The INSIDER daily digest -- March 2, 2022

By John Liang / March 2, 2022 at 2:15 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on China's military capability, funding for military aid to Ukraine and more.

U.S. Strategic Command chief Adm. Chas Richard -- the top uniform official responsible for strategic deterrence -- publicly revealed this week on Capitol Hill that he codified the new status of China's nuclear program last fall:

DOD assesses China has achieved 'strategic breakout' requiring U.S. policy, capability response

The U.S. military has assessed China's program to improve its nuclear forces has achieved "strategic breakout" -- a status that indicates the Defense Department is undertaking significant new planning, and possibly considering capability shifts, to meet Beijing's rapid qualitative and quantitative military improvements.

Lawmakers have begun debate on the White House's $6.4 billion request to cover humanitarian and security spending related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine:

Debate begins over $6.4 billion in requested aid for Ukraine

House and Senate lawmakers today voiced bipartisan support for the White House's $6.4 billion Ukraine emergency spending request that could be attached to an upcoming omnibus appropriations bill next week, though the details have become the subject of debate.

Raytheon Technologies and Northrop-Ball Aerospace will be subcontractors on the Space Force's Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared effort:

Lockheed, Northrop announce payload providers for Next-Gen OPIR vehicles

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman officials today announced their selections of the subcontractors that will provide payloads for their respective satellites tied to the Space Force's Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared effort.

Our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity have the latest on the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program:

Pentagon separates rulemakings for NIST standards, CMMC as work to establish cyber certification program continues

The Defense Department is moving forward with its plans to split cyber certification requirements for contractors into two separate rulemakings, focused on NIST Special Publication 800-171 and the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

Michael Cadieux, the director of the Ground Vehicle Systems Center, spoke this week at a National Defense Industry Association conference on tactical wheeled vehicles:

Army collects human driving data to teach robots

Future algorithms for autonomous ground mobility will draw from a large dataset of human driving activity that the Army is currently gathering, according to the director of the Ground Vehicle Systems Center.

The Army's recently released climate strategy will help the service adapt to a changing climate at home while improving resiliency and survivability abroad:

Climate strategy will help Army with its core mission, official says

The Army's efforts to combat climate change and mitigate its effects will improve its ability to fight and win the nation's wars, an Army official said Tuesday.

Document: Army's climate strategy