The INSIDER daily digest -- May 2, 2023

By John Liang / May 2, 2023 at 2:29 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on mine countermeasures, cybersecurity, Army rotorcraft and more.

Littoral Combat Ships are one step closer to being able to deploy with mine warfare gear onboard:

Navy declares IOC for LCS mine countermeasures mission package

The Littoral Combat Ship mine countermeasures mission package has achieved initial operational capability, clearing the way for the Navy to field the new suite of unmanned MCM capabilities designed to keep sailors out of harm's way.

Our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity have the latest on the Pentagon's cybersecurity efforts:

Pentagon proposes expansion of voluntary cyber info-sharing program for defense industrial base

The Defense Department has issued a proposed rule to expand its Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity information-sharing program to include more contractors who hold sensitive data for the services and DOD agencies, in response to an increased interest in wider community participation.

More coverage from last week's Quad-A conference:

Army, industry envisioning future of legacy aircraft

NASHVILLE, TN -- Army and industry leaders continue to express a commitment to continuing the service's enduring aircraft fleets such as Black Hawks, Apaches and Chinooks for several more decades.

Northrop Grumman announced this week that the Integrated Air and Missile Defense program had achieved initial operational capability:

Army declares 'game-changing' IBCS operational, major milestone seven years late

The Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense program has passed muster with the Army's top air defender and head of Forces Command, clearing the way for the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) -- which began in 2009 and fought termination after major developmental failures -- to begin operational fielding.

Iris Ferguson, deputy assistant under secretary of defense for arctic and global resilience, told Inside Defense this week that "given its strategic location, the Arctic is a potential avenue for expanded great power competition and aggression":

U.S. concerned China will partner with Russia to push Arctic goals

Protecting U.S. navigational rights and freedoms in Arctic waterways is key to keeping the Arctic region stable and secure, as thawing ice opens sea lanes and yields growing geopolitical competition for access to minerals critical to defense systems and other smart technologies, according to a Pentagon official.