The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 27, 2023

By John Liang / November 27, 2023 at 1:44 PM

This post-Thanksgiving weekend INSIDER Daily Digest has news on Air Force weather monitoring systems, a recent Defense Department inspector general's report on the MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aircraft system and more.

We start off with news on the lack of space-based military weather monitoring systems:

Air Force official: Absence of reliable SBEM affects global operations

The lack of modern space-based environmental monitoring systems affects not only the Air Force but also the Army, Navy and Space Force as well as global operations, Col. Patrick Williams, Air Force director of weather, said last week.

The Pentagon's inspector general recently released a report on the Navy's MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aircraft system:

DOD IG says Navy should delay production, IOC decisions on MQ-25

The Defense Department inspector general is recommending the Navy hold off on a production decision and declare the MQ-25 unmanned air system operational until certain developmental tests are completed.

Document: DOD IG report on the Navy's MQ-25 program

In case you missed it, here's the latest on the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program:

DOD's CMMC rulemaking clears OIRA review process

The Pentagon's rulemaking to implement its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program has completed the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs review process, a major milestone that indicates the new regulation should show up in the Federal Register soon.

Pentagon finalizes change to acquisition rules setting up DOD methodology for cyber assessment standard

The Pentagon will use a methodology developed by the Defense Contract Management Agency's Defense Industrial Base Cyber Assessment Center for National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publications 800-171 assessments moving forward, according to a final rule formalizing an arrangement that is seen as a placeholder for the upcoming rollout of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

CMMC ecosystem prepares for rulemaking release, while exact timing remains uncertain

Stakeholders are getting ready for the upcoming release of a long-awaited rulemaking to implement the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, while the exact timing and content of the rule remains unclear two years after the Defense Department announced a major revamp.