The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 22, 2022

By John Liang / November 22, 2022 at 4:07 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Defense Department's latest zero-trust strategy, upgrades to Army Black Hawk helicopters and more.

The Pentagon today released its zero-trust strategy and roadmap:

DOD unveils new strategy as it drives toward FY-27 zero-trust target

The Pentagon has unveiled an overarching framework to bolster military components' safeguards against current cybersecurity risks as officials push to implement a zero-trust baseline within the next five years.

Document: DOD's zero-trust strategy, roadmap

The upgrades to the Army's latest Black Hawk helicopters include improvements to the avionics architecture, flight controls, fuel system, the electrical system, airframe, drive train and rotor system:

Army's newest Black Hawk fleet to get avionics architecture upgrades as part of a $157M contract

The Army's newest fleet of Black Hawk helicopters will be getting upgrades to its avionics architecture and flight controls as part of a contract awarded to KBR and Northrop Grumman.

The Army recently held a demonstration of the Remote Interceptor Guidance-360 (RIG-360) -- which showed the potential for delinking Patriot interceptors from their organic radar:

Army demos prototype technology to destroy cruise missile, delinks Patriot interceptor-radar

The Army shot down a cruise missile target last week in a paradigm-changing demonstration of a prototype technology that could dramatically increase the defensive range of Patriot interceptors by allowing the guided missiles to use any sensor -- air, ground or sea -- available on the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS).

The Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor co-developed by the United States and Japan shot down a target for the first time:

Japan executes SM-3 Block IIA launch; key to new Aegis procurement, destroyer development

Japan executed its maiden launch of a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor -- the most advanced Aegis guided missile which it co-developed, and is co-producing, with the United States -- as part of a major ballistic missile defense live-fire event in the Pacific Ocean in concert with the U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency.

The F-35 Joint Program Office plans to order 119 F135 engines in fiscal year 2024 and 143 in FY-25:

JPO targets five-to-seven-year development for F-35 engine modernization

The F-35 Joint Program Office expects a modernized propulsion system for the Joint Strike Fighter will take between five to seven years to develop, a JPO spokesman told Inside Defense, a timeline that would see a new engine for the Lightning II by 2031 as the military services stand poised to choose an upgrade for the fighter's powerplant.