The INSIDER daily digest -- May 21, 2024

By John Liang / May 21, 2024 at 1:43 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on an Army loitering munition program, a PAC-3 missile being fired from a Navy launch tube and more.

The Army has contracted with AeroVironment for its Switchblade 600 system in the initial stages of a new loitering munition program:

Army using supplemental, reprogrammed funds to bolster LASSO

As the Army looks to bolster its Low Altitude Stalking and Strike Ordinance (LASSO) program going forward, it plans to use a combination of reprogrammed funds from two previous fiscal years as well as the recently passed Ukrainian supplemental security package to do so.

During a flight test at White Sands Missile Range, NM, a PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement launched from an MK-70 containerized launch platform, chased down and hit a cruise missile target, Lockheed Martin announced this week:

DOD, Lockheed fire PAC-3 from Navy launch tube, new demonstration with implications for ship defense

The U.S. military and Lockheed Martin fired an Army air-defense missile from a Navy vertical launch tube in an on-land demonstration of a new capability that could allow the U.S. military to arm ships with the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 family of missiles, an event funded by a classified Defense Department customer.

More missile defense news:

MDA cancels source selection for C2BMC collaborative planning upgrade for combatant commanders

The Missile Defense Agency has pulled the plug on a planned upgrade of a key part of the Command and Control, Battle Management and Communications system, advising companies that prepared and submitted bids for a project called CODDS -- C2BMC Operational Defense Design System -- that funds previously slated for the effort have been shifted to higher-priority needs and the source selection is cancelled.

The latest CMMC news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

CMMC proposed rule with changes to defense acquisition regulations enters OMB review process

A proposed rule to amend the Defense Department’s acquisition policies for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program has entered the Office of Management and Budget review process.

The Defense Department inspector general is running several reviews related to U.S. assistance in Ukraine:

Pentagon IG to review weapons pricing for Ukraine

The Defense Department inspector general intends to review the process by which DOD contracting officers have negotiated prices with contractors to provide weapons and other assistance to Ukraine, according to a new IG letter.

Document: DOD IG memo on weapons policy for Ukraine