The INSIDER daily digest -- Oct. 16 2020

By John Liang / October 16, 2020 at 1:34 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has plenty of news from this week's AUSA virtual conference plus an interview with the chief executive of Leonardo DRS and more.

Army acquisition chief Bruce Jette spoke with reporters during an Association of the United States Army roundtable this week:

Army to draw up new 15-year ammunition modernization plan with $16B price tag

The Army, led by the service's acquisition executive and the head of Army Materiel Command, is planning to draft a new 15-year strategy to improve the output and safety of its ammunition plants using automation and other methods.

Army using humvee data to build sustainment model

The Army is using its data on humvees to create a model for predicting sustainment costs and make long-term economic decisions as new systems enter the force.

(Follow Inside Defense's complete coverage of the AUSA meeting here.)

Inside Defense interviewed Leonardo DRS CEO (and former Deputy Defense Secretary) Bill Lynn this week:

Leonardo DRS chief says company is readying for a flat budget

The chief executive of Leonardo DRS says the company expects a flat defense budget -- regardless of who wins next month's election.

The Army's Cloud Plan outlines key strategic objectives for the service, including accelerating data division decisions, decreasing time to field software and optimizing the security accreditation process:

Army outlines roadmap to achieving cloud vision

The Army's Enterprise Cloud Management Office last month released a plan detailing the service's approach to achieving its cloud vision in an ever-changing digital landscape.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper in January designated the Army as the lead service for fielding counter-drone technology:

Army solidifies operational requirements for Counter Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

The Army has received an approved set of operational requirements for its efforts countering small drones and is planning engagements with industry to address specific focus areas, the service leader in charge told reporters yesterday.

Aerojet Rocketdyne appears set to move forward in the Next Generation Interceptor program:

Lockheed reveals Aerojet Rocketdyne on NGI team, giving Aerojet a lock on a winning bid

Lockheed Martin today disclosed it has teamed with Aerojet Rocketdyne on the Next Generation Interceptor competition, effectively guaranteeing Aerojet Rocketdyne a spot on a winning bid.

In late August, the Pentagon comptroller asked Congress for permission to shift $9.9 million into the Army's Long Range Precision Fires Advanced Technology account to support plans to quicken work on the first spiral upgrade of the new Precision Strike Missile:

Lawmakers OK, immediately fund Army plan to accelerate PrSM seeker upgrade project

Congress has blessed an Army proposal to accelerate the next round of competition on the Precision Strike Missile, allowing the service to more than double spending immediately on multimode seeker technology for the new ground-launched, long-range munition.

Our colleagues from Inside Cybersecurity have news on concerns from an industry group about the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program:

NDIA asks Pentagon for details on CMMC pilot activities, guardrails around assessments

The National Defense Industrial Association is asking the Defense Department and the accreditation body behind its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program for additional guidance on issues ranging from the assessment process to costs for certification.