The INSIDER daily digest -- May 23, 2022

By John Liang / May 23, 2022 at 1:27 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the nascent Guam Defense System, the Army's Multidomain Task Force and more.

We start off with the latest on the Missile Defense Agency's efforts to set up a system to defend Guam against ballistic missile attack:

DOD eyes 42 mobile launchers to deter, defeat potential Chinese attack against Guam

The Defense Department is eyeing a distributed air and missile defense system for Guam that would arm 42 mobile platforms with Standard Missile-3 and Standard Missile-6 interceptors to give the U.S. territory roughly the equivalent of two-and-a-half Aegis destroyers to counter Chinese ballistic, cruise and hypersonic threats.

The Army's Multidomain Task Force doesn't have a website or social media accounts, which service officials say contributes to the unit's operational security:

Army MDTFs fly below radar amid great power competition

The Army’s 1st Multidomain Task Force, the first of a new unit that will field hypersonic and ship-killing missiles, deliberately shares less information about itself than other military units, according to its commander.

The Air Force's Life Cycle Management Detachment 12, known as Kessel Run, recently announced it received approval to use a new software system:

Kessel Run receives approval to use faster Software Acquisition Pathway

A crucial software development arm of the Air Force received approval to use a relatively new Software Acquisition Pathway that will allow it to advance technology to warfighters more quickly.

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.

Document: GAO report on protecting CUI systems

Although the Navy currently has 11 operational aircraft carriers, at least two CVNs are regularly unavailable for deployment due to routine or scheduled maintenance or repair:

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.