The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 5, 2021

By John Liang / November 5, 2021 at 1:29 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Marine Corps' presidential helicopter replacement program, delays to unmanned system contracts and more.

Th​​e Marine Corps has doubled the VH-92A presidential helicopter program's flight hours in the past eight months, with a total of 2,000 flight hours since July 2018:

VH-92A completes initial operational test and evaluation

The new VH-92A presidential helicopter has completed initial operational test and evaluation, a program spokeswoman told Inside Defense.

Senior Huntington Ingalls Industries executives spoke about unmanned systems this week during a quarterly earnings conference call:

HII: Unmanned contract awards delayed until next year

Contract awards for "critical" unmanned programs will likely be delayed until next year, according to a senior Huntington Ingalls Industries executive.

Fischer Connectors' next-generation hub, roughly the size of a deck of playing cards, meets a standard the Army has established to simplify data and power transfer among the multiple devices a current or future soldier will use:

New hub could simplify connections between soldiers' devices

A recently announced product from Fischer Connectors could help soldiers share data and power between all the radios, sensors and devices they will wear in the future, Jack Midgley, the company's global defense market lead, told Inside Defense in a Nov. 3 interview.

More coverage of the recent updates to the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Major changes to CMMC program start discussion on DOD oversight of accreditation body

The Defense Department is making changes to the oversight of its independent accreditation body as part of an update to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, dubbed "CMMC 2.0," triggering new negotiations of the current no-cost contract between the two entities.

From yesterday, in case you missed it:

Pentagon tweaking CMMC program

The Defense Department announced today it is revamping its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program after completing a months-long internal review.