The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 14, 2022

By John Liang / September 14, 2022 at 2:59 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on U.S.-Japanese missile defense cooperation efforts, reforming the Pentagon's budget process and more.

We start off with news on U.S. and Japanese missile defense cooperation:

MDA demonstrates SPY-7 linkage with new sea-based variant of Japan's former Aegis Ashore

The United States and Japan advanced a project to field a new ballistic missile defense capability by demonstrating improved software on a special variant of the Aegis system -- one slated for land deployment but now on a ship -- that integrated for the first time the SPY-7 radar, marking completion of a "majority of the development" effort.

Inside Defense this week interviewed Bob Hale, a former Defense Department comptroller who serves as chairman of the Planning, Programming, Budget and Execution Reform Commission:

After slow start, work now underway at key DOD budget reform commission

A new commission charged with reforming the Pentagon's 1960s-era budget planning and programming process got off to a slow start this summer, but the group's chairman says members have been meeting for months and have made "significant progress," though a final report will be delayed.

The former head of the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit has been cleared of ethics charges by the Defense Department inspector general's office:

DOD IG clears ex-DIU head of 'improper personnel practices,' closes probe

The Defense Department inspector general has cleared the former head of the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit and closed an ethics probe in the days after his departure from the small-budget outfit that aims to leverage commercial technologies for military use cases.

Air Force Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee this week on his nomination to be the next head of the Space Force:

Saltzman: U.S. will need offensive capabilities in space to deter adversaries

The United States will need offensive capabilities in space to deter potential adversaries from attacking orbital systems, Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman told the Senate Armed Services Committee today, as senators consider whether to confirm Saltzman as the Space Force's next chief of space operations and pin on him his fourth star.

Document: CSO nomination hearing

The new phase for DISA's Thunderdome program, which began in late August, is slated to last through the end of the calendar year and see the program through its recently extended pilot timeframe:

Thunderdome begins operational assessment, on track for 2023 fielding decision

The Defense Information Systems Agency's zero-trust security program has kicked off its operational assessment period as officials prepare for a 2023 fielding decision to scale up the capability.