The INSIDER daily digest -- Oct. 3, 2019

By John Liang / October 3, 2019 at 12:58 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on an experimental satellite program, the Pentagon's new cyber rules, the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor and more.

Bill Gattle, president of space and intelligence systems at L3Harris, told Inside Defense this week the Air Force Research Lab has identified the Navigation Technology Satellite as a potential vanguard program -- which means it could be given special acquisition and prototyping authorities to transition from an experiment to an operational capability:

L3Harris eyes PDR for NTS-3 program in November

L3Harris Technologies expects to complete a preliminary design review for an experimental Navigation Technology Satellite that will serve as a pathfinder for new GPS capabilities and potentially an augmentation platform for the constellation.

The Professional Services Council and National Defense Industrial Association were among the industry groups that recently provided feedback to the Defense Department on a draft version of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification:

Defense industry groups question Pentagon's new cyber rules

Three of the largest defense industry associations are raising questions about the Pentagon's new cybersecurity certification, including concerns about the "aggressive" implementation time line and the lack of clarity on how the protections will be applied across different programs and suppliers.

Document: Defense industry groups' feedback on DOD's CMMC rules

The Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor could be moving from development to production soon:

Raytheon exec: Initial production decision for SM-3 Block IIA 'imminent'

A Pentagon decision to transition the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor from development to production is "imminent," according to a Raytheon executive, a milestone that could allow the ballistic missile defense project to tap more than $450 million in production orders that have been on ice pending resolution of technical questions by Defense Department brass about the new interceptor.

The head of U.S. Transportation Command spoke with reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast yesterday:

TRANSCOM crafting follow-on capability study with a broader scope

U.S. Transportation Command has begun work on a follow-up to last year's mobility capability requirements study that will have a broader scope than the 2019 analysis and will consider what forces are needed to support the National Defense Strategy.

Bell is one of five vendors to unveil prototypes for the Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft, the others being AVX Aircraft-L3 Technologies, Boeing, Karem Aircraft and Sikorsky:

Bell unveils FARA prototype

Bell unveiled its proposal for the Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft, the 360 Invictus, this week at its headquarters in Arlington, VA.