The INSIDER daily digest -- Oct. 4, 2022

By John Liang / October 4, 2022 at 1:35 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the cost of the Navy's next-generation destroyer program, a prototype Marine Corps air-defense system and more.

With a hefty price tag, the first DDG(X) will cost about twice as much as a DDG-51 Flight III destroyer, according to analysts:

Navy says high DDG(X) cost is 'reasonable' considering capability and capacity

While the Navy's next-generation destroyer is on track to be far more expensive than an Arleigh Burke-class vessel, the service argues its capability and capacity will warrant the increase in cost and that the Constellation-class frigate program will fill in the gaps as the service transitions to a larger surface combatant.

In early September, the Marine Corps' Ground Based Air Defense Medium Range Intercept Capability successfully passed its final tests of fiscal year 2022 at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico:

Marine Corps anticipates certification of prototype air-defense system following successful tests

The Marine Corps expects a decision in December to certify its prototype air-defense system for deployment, following three successful live-fire tests in fiscal year 2022.

The latest on the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Telecom group backs changes to NIST CUI series to help with CMMC compliance

CTIA, a telecom group advocating for wireless providers, is urging the National Institute of Standards and Technology to align updates to the controlled unclassified information series to the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, demonstrating support for an initiative that's typically the focus of defense and tech sector stakeholders.

Lockheed Martin will conduct "first light" of the Directed Energy Interceptor for Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense in the fourth quarter of this year:

Lockheed prepares for first light of new laser later this year

Lockheed Martin will begin laboratory testing later this year of a new directed energy air defense system to be mounted on Strykers in anticipation of an upcoming Army competition.

Recent conversations among international industrial base specialists, many of whom represented NATO member nations, were focused on strengthening and expanding the global response to other possible contingencies outside of Ukraine:

DOD weapons chief sees potential for greater industrial cooperation with foreign allies

Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante, fresh from a meeting in Brussels last week with national armaments directors from dozens of foreign nations, said today the United States, seeking to bolster long-term support for Ukraine, wants to partner more closely with allies to develop, produce and procure critical weapon systems.