The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 30, 2023

By John Liang / November 30, 2023 at 2:13 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a document being circulated on Capitol Hill that delineates where Ukraine spending would impact individual states, the Space Force's missile warning system and more.

Congressional staffers tell Inside Defense a document is being shared by the Biden administration in the hopes of pushing reluctant -- yet parochially minded -- lawmakers to grant the president’s request for a $106 billion national security supplemental spending package:

New document shows DOD's 'priority replacement' spending in Ukraine supplemental

A new document being circulated on Capitol Hill breaks down the Defense Department's plans to spend billions in requested supplemental funding, keying the replenishment of "priority" weapon systems that have been transferred to Ukraine, along with identifying U.S. states where DOD would invest in the expansion of manufacturing capacity.

Document: DOD's 'priority replacement spending' in Ukraine supplemental

The Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared program is a five-satellite missile warning system consisting of three Geosynchronous Earth Orbit space vehicles and two polar-orbiting space vehicles:

Space Force confident about launching new missile warning system in 2025

The Space Force is confident it will launch its new missile warning system in 2025 despite several challenges that could interrupt the schedule identified by a government watchdog agency.

The latest cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

CMMC accreditation body triples certified assessor count in 2023 ahead of formal launch period

The number of certified assessors for the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program experienced triple-digit growth in 2023 from the prior year, as the formal launch of the Defense Department initiative comes closer to fruition.

While the Government Accountability Office's annual weapon systems assessment released earlier this year projected initial operational capability for the Navy's Ship-to-Shore Connector would occur in June 2023, a service spokesperson told Inside Defense the milestone has been pushed into FY-24:

IOC for Navy's Ship-to-Shore craft pushed to spring 2024

The Navy's Ship-to-Shore Connector amphibious craft will not achieve initial operational capability until later in fiscal year 2024, marking a delay of more than six months for the program that will eventually replace the aging fleet of Landing Craft Air Cushion vessels.

Link 16 is a tactical datalink communication system operated by the U.S., NATO and coalition forces to share real-time situational awareness data among all network participants:

SDA successfully demonstrates space-to-ground transmission using Link 16

The Space Development Agency yesterday announced it has successfully connected its low Earth orbit satellites with ground-based radios using the Link 16 network during three demonstrations held from Nov. 21 to Nov. 27.