The INSIDER daily digest -- May 20, 2022

By Thomas Duffy / May 20, 2022 at 12:30 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest starts off with GAO’s look at Defense Department cybersecurity, the Navy is making an argument for cutting the number of carrier air wings it has, a Navy plan to buy destroyers in bulk, and we wrap up with good news about the Space Force’s acquisition process.

The Government Accountability Office has generally good things to say about DOD cybersecurity:

GAO: DOD mostly meets cybersecurity requirements in key CUI areas

While the Defense Department has taken steps to safeguard sensitive data, it has yet to fully implement cybersecurity requirements surrounding its controlled unclassified information across the military's components, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

The Navy says it can save money by trimming its carrier air wings:

Navy proposes legislation to move from 10 to 9 carrier air wings

The Navy has sent legislation to Congress that would reduce the number of carrier air wings to nine until additional aircraft carriers can fully support a 10th air wing.

And the service wants to go shopping for new destroyers:

Navy seeks multiyear deal for nine destroyers plus an option ship

The Navy will submit a legislative proposal to Congress that will include nine destroyers in a multiyear contract plus an option ship to "provide flexibility," according to a senior service official.

The new Space Force is doing a good job on the acquisition front:

Space Force proceeding 'much faster' with acquisitions, official says

As the Space Force works to rapidly field new capabilities to maintain space dominance, the service's interagency coordination and commercial partnerships have resulted in "dramatic increases" in the speed of acquisitions, according to Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman.