The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 6, 2023

By John Liang / November 6, 2023 at 2:42 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has the latest on the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, plus a Congressional Budget Office report on a bill to allow the sale of Virginia-class submarines to Australia and more.

We start off with some cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Defense primes highlight compliance needs, support for suppliers in reaching CMMC requirements

Stakeholders from large defense prime contractors at an industry event last week emphasized the need for their suppliers to reach compliance with requirements under the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, while also highlighting how they are working together to provide resources.

A new Congressional Budget Office report asserts that its estimates of the budgetary effects of a bill that would authorize the sale of Virginia-class submarines to Australia "are subject to significant uncertainties":

CBO: U.S. industrial base could see Australian investments in 2025 under AUKUS implementation legislation

The U.S. industrial base could receive a $2 billion investment as soon as 2025 if lawmakers pass pending AUKUS implementation legislation before the end of the calendar year, according to a Congressional Budget Office cost estimate.

Document: CBO cost estimate of AUKUS submarine transfer authorization act

The Army is looking to modernize a pair of digital fires programs:

Army asking for feedback on multivendor approach to digital fires modernization

The Army is asking industry for feedback on its "consortium-like" multivendor approach for the modernization of the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) and Joint Targeting Command and Coordination Suite (JTIC2S).

Some Senate Republicans are getting increasingly vocal over Sen. Tommy Tuberville's (R-AL) continuing hold on military nominations:

All Joint Chiefs now confirmed as senators look to override Tuberville's nomination blockade

Despite the Senate's recent moves to fill the final vacancies remaining on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks yesterday said the blanket hold on nearly 370 other military confirmations and promotions still in place from Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) is hurting military readiness.

Daniel Hettema, the director of digital engineering, modeling and simulation in the office of the under secretary of defense for research and engineering, chatted last week with Inside Defense about digital engineering:

DOD official talks about the future of digital engineering

A Pentagon official spoke with Inside Defense about the future of digital engineering yesterday, stating the Defense Department is moving toward "model interconnection" as it updates its digital engineering strategy.