The INSIDER daily digest -- Oct. 1, 2021

By John Liang / October 1, 2021 at 2:20 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on possible changes to the Pentagon's budget planning system, Navy and Marine Corps Super Hornet aircraft, the Navy's second frigate yard competition and more.

Senate authorizers want a 10-member commission to look into planning, programming, budgeting and execution reform:

Congress wants commission to review, reform Kennedy-era PPBE system

Lawmakers want an independent critique of the Defense Department's system for creating annual budgets and future years spending plans, seeking an assessment of the efficacy and efficiency of processes introduced during the Kennedy administration to meet the needs of today's rapid technology acquisition in formulating and executing U.S. military expenditures.

Navy and Marine Corps Super Hornet fighter aircraft need more inspections:

DOD IG finds Navy and Marine Corps lacking required inspections of Super Hornets

Navy and Marine Corps maintainers did not perform required inspections to address corrosion in the F/A-18C-G Super Hornet and gave no adequate reason why, according to a Defense Department inspector general's report released today.

More Super Hornet news:

Raytheon forecasts SDB II Super Hornet fielding in coming months; approval for F-35 operational use next year

Raytheon Technologies expects its Small Diameter Bomb II will be fielded on the Navy's F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet within the next few months, while approval for operational use on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is projected to follow in calendar year 2022.

The Navy's proposed second shipyard meant to build new frigates could help the industrial base, according to analysts:

Navy's second frigate yard competition could shore up industrial base, increase production

As Fincantieri Marinette Marine prepares to start construction on the first Constellation-class frigate next spring, analysts and lawmakers say the Navy’s planned second frigate yard could both expedite the production of frigates and bolster the nation’s shipbuilding industrial base.

The Pentagon's No. 2 civilian spoke this week about the new pact between the United States, Great Britain and Australia:

Hicks highlights new U.S.-U.K.-Australia deal as DOD sharpens focus on China

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said a new defense pact between the United States, the U.K. and Australia, which, among other things, will allow access to sensitive U.S. submarine technology, demonstrates how global opinion is "shifting" regarding the perceived need to deter China's activities in the Indo-Pacific region, especially when it comes to undersea capabilities.

Keep an eye out for the results of testing of Navy unmanned units in the Middle East:

Navy's unmanned task force to conduct testing within next five months

The Navy's Mideast-based unmanned task force will conduct testing within the next few months using command-and-control infrastructure and artificial intelligence.

The Army's Precision Strike Missile has passed an important milestone:

Precision Strike Missile passes milestone B

The Precision Strike Missile, one of the Army's top long-range fires modernization programs, passed a milestone B review Sept. 27, according to Col. Guy Yelverton, the service's product manager for strategic operational rockets and missiles.

U.S. and Indonesian Army personnel cooperated during a recent exercise in the region:

SFAB officers support Indonesian, U.S. forces at Garuda Shield

Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade embedded with Indonesian army units during the Garuda Shield exercise in Indonesia in August and served as communications liaisons between the two armies.

Last but by no means least, the latest on the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model program from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

CMMC accreditation body approves first content for official assessor training

The accreditation body behind the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program has approved the first content created by a third-party partner publisher that will be used to teach assessors as part of the CMMC official assessor training program.