The INSIDER daily digest -- May 25, 2021

By John Liang / May 25, 2021 at 2:04 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on Pentagon sustainment cost estimates, the Air Force's GPS Next Generation Operational Control Segment and more.

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing this morning to consider the nominations of Susanna Blume to be the director of cost assessment and program evaluation:

New CAPE nominee pledges better grip on sustainment cost estimates

Susanna Blume, the nominee to direct the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation shop, said today she wants to continue to improve the process used to estimate weapon system sustainment costs.

Document: Senate hearing on CAPE, R&E, SECAF nominations

The Air Force is shifting the estimated date for the GPS Next Generation Operational Control Segment's two deliverables -- Block 1 and Block 2 -- from April 2022 to November 2022:

OCX program discloses another major delay in wake of key supplier selling production line to Chinese firm

The Pentagon is formally delaying by seven months the final acquisition milestone for the GPS Next Generation Operational Control Segment, a move that consumes a majority of the $6.2 billion program's remaining schedule margin as part of the continuing fallout from a key OCX supplier spinning off a business to a Chinese-owned company.

Inside Defense recently interviewed Raytheon Technologies' chief information officer:

Raytheon CTO says he has met with military officials about 'digital thread'

EAST HARTFORD, CT -- The chief technology officer of Raytheon Technologies says he has met in recent weeks with representatives from the Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to discuss the company's focus on using a digital thread approach to speed cycle times.

A recent Defense Department inspector general's report determined "whether the readiness of the U.S. Navy's P-8A Poseidon fleet met the anti-submarine warfare requirements of the U.S. European Command":

DOD IG: Sustainment issues cause low P-8A Poseidon mission capability rates

Sustainment issues have caused the Navy's P-8A Poseidon fleet to slip below the required mission capability rate, according to a recent Defense Department inspector general report.

Document: DOD IG report on P-8A Poseidon

Last but by no means least, the latest cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Contracting attorney Metzger: Significant changes may be coming in final CMMC rule

Final regulations for the Pentagon's cyber certification program are expected in the fall with potentially substantial policy and structural changes, says contracting attorney Robert Metzger, who suggests adjustments to the interim final rule make sense given the intense scrutiny on the program and leadership changes at DOD.